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Best Time to Visit Japan: When to Go & When to Avoid!

Home » Blog » Travel Tips » Best Time to Visit Japan: When to Go & When to Avoid!

Choosing the best time of year to visit Japan can be downright overwhelming. Each of Japan’s 4 distinct seasons has its draws and drawbacks (some more than others!). We’re going to break down exactly what to expect during winter, spring, summer, and fall so you can choose the best time to visit Japan based on your travel style and interests.

This is Japan in August… can you feel the humidity just by looking at the picture?! Because I sure can!

Japan has four distinct seasons: You’ve got the famed cherry blossoms in the spring, festivals in the summer, vibrant foliage in autumn, and powdery snow come wintertime.

So this begs the question: 

What time of year is best to visit Japan?

In short, you’ll have the best chance of comfortable weather and fewer crowds in early spring (March – early April) and in autumn (late October – November). Our personal pick would be to visit Japan during November; but more on that later…

Dotonbori neighborhood Osaka Japan

Let me backup… Truthfully there is no correct answer, as each season has its own unique draws (and drawbacks too).

But we’re not going to just leave ya there, hangin’.

We’re going to go over the pros and cons of visiting Japan during each season to help you decide which time of year is ideal for YOU.

Just staying in Tokyo? We have another article about the best time to visit Tokyo , specifically!

Answer these questions to get started:

  • Do you mind hot weather?
  • What about cold weather?
  • Are you easily bothered by crowds?
  • How much of your time do you want to spend outdoors?
  • Which would you rather see: cherry blossoms or colorful fall foliage?

Thinking about your answers to these questions is going to help you start to determine when to visit Japan.

Best time to visit Japan guide

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  • Rainy season in Japan
  • Typhoon season in Japan
  • Best time of year to view Mt. Fuji
  • Seasons in Japan
  • Holidays and festivals in Japan
  • Best to travel based on activity
  • What to pack for Japan

Overall BEST time to visit Japan

Want a quick recommendation? Jump down to see our personal advice for the best time to visit Japan. Plus, we’ll share what times of year we’d avoid visiting!

  • Our Recommendation…

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We visited Japan in both summer & winter

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When: mid-August (2019) 

Our experience:

  • Very hot and humid in most places
  • Lots of Japanese tourists and international travelers in the popular places
  • We had a few days of typhoon weather
  • Mount Fuji wasn’t on our route, but she was only visible for a handful of days of our trip, due to clouds.
  • Felt too hot to be able to enjoy onsens as much as other times of the year

Would we recommend visiting Japan in August? 

It wouldn’t be my top recommendation, honestly. I found it very hot and muggy, and I would much prefer visiting when the temps are more comfortable.

When: early February (2015)

  • Mild winter temperatures (we’re used to very cold winters, and this wasn’t bad for us)
  • Snow in the mountains was magical
  • Even though winter is said to be the best time to view Mount Fuji , she was covered in fog when we visited
  • Onsens were very enjoyable (we had a private outdoor onsen while it was snowing, which was amazing!)
  • Obviously the cities are still busy (because they’re highly populated), but the amount of tourists was lower than other seasons
  • Good deals on accommodation since it was outside of peak season
  • We saw a few plum blossoms in Tokyo that were blooming early, which was a pleasant surprise!

Would we recommend visiting Japan in February?  Yes! I think winter is one of the best times to visit Japan and it’s very underrated. Next time we visit in the winter, I want to add more outdoor onsens and a snowboarding trip in the legendary Japanese powder!

Things to do in Japan Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

While not a large country exactly, Japan spreads more than 1,800 miles (2,900+ kilometers) north to south, from the island of Hokkaido in the northeast all the way down to the island of Okinawa in the southwest.

A distance that large means the weather from north to south varies quite a lot. Hokkaido can be freezing while the subtropical island of Okinawa can be experiencing a beach day.

For the purpose of this article, we’ll mostly be discussing the weather on the island of Honshu. 

Located in the middle of the country, Honshu is where Tokyo , Osaka and Kyoto are all located, and is where most international travelers will start and end their trip, especially if it is your first time in Japan .

Another thing to take into consideration is that Japan is a very mountainous country. Common sense tells us that when you venture to higher elevations, you’ll find colder temperatures.

Fun Example: We went up into the Japanese Alps in August and found a drastic temperature swing: 95°F (35°C) at sea level to 65°F (18°C) in the mountains. This same area has snow until as late as early July. Crazy, huh?!

Psst! If you’ll be traveling more throughout the country, be sure to check out our bucket list of crazy fun things to do in Japan !

Fun Facts about Japan Okunion Cemetery Koyasan

Let’s chat about the sun, the snow, the rain, and those dreaded typhoons. We’ll go over what type of weather you should expect throughout the year and describe our experience with a typhoon.

We’re also going over some important information if you are interested in viewing Mount Fuji.

Spoiler alert: You won’t be able to see this iconic mountain for much of the year.

Stats on Japan weather & seasons:

  • Hottest month in Japan: August (average 80°F/41°C)
  • Coldest month in Japan: January (41°F/5°C)
  • Rainiest months in Japan: June and September
  • Driest months in Japan: December and January
  • Most crowded month in Japan: late April – early May (aka “Golden Week”, explained in the section about Spring )
  • Least crowded months in Japan: January – early March are the least popular times to visit, which can mean cheaper prices and less crowds
Note: Again, these stats are for the central island of Honshu. If you are planning to visit the northernmost island of Hokkaido, or Okinawa in the very south, be sure to look up their specific weather, as they vary from the rest of the county.

Rainy season in Japan: Early Summer

Best Time to Visit Japan Rainy Season

The majority of the country experiences a rainy season from June through mid-July.

The good news is that during the rainy season, there’s a roughly 45% chance of precipitation each day (data from Tokyo), meaning you’ll have some dry days too! Some of those rainy days will be heavy, while others will be sunny before or after the rain.

Interesting Fact: Tokyo is one of the rainiest big cities on earth! In fact, it has more than double the amount of annual rainfall as London. Say whaaaat?!

Despite rain, you’ll find life goes on as usual in Japan, as locals are used to it. Do as the Japanese do and buy an umbrella to stay dry!

Typhoon season in Japan: Late Summer

Late May through October is known as typhoon season in Japan, with the majority of typhoons occurring in August and September. Data from the last 30 years show that an average of 11 typhoons approach the coast per year.

What is a typhoon?

A typhoon is a tropical cyclone. They are formed in the same way a hurricane forms, and the only real difference is the location at which they occur .

What is a typhoon like in Japan?

We visited Japan during the month of August, which as you now know is the peak of typhoon season. And one typhoon made landfall during our visit.

So how bad was it, really?

This was our experience: 

The entire day leading up to the typhoon was sunny with blue skies, and we both had this feeling that it wouldn’t be that bad.

But everyone was talking about it and how strong it would supposedly be. There was talk about trains shutting down, and we had a food tour cancel on us because restaurants were closing up shop.

But it’s beautiful outside, we thought naively. We put on rain jackets, grabbed our one umbrella and headed into town just as a drizzle began to start.

Soon, the winds increased and the rain started really coming down. But the trains still ran, and we decided to go catch a movie. By the time we got out of the show, the streets were mostly empty and the rain was really pounding, so despite our umbrella and rain jackets, we got completely soaked.

By the next morning, blue skies started peeking out from behind clouds and by the afternoon you would never know what had happened the previous night.

What to expect: Heavy rainfall and high winds, canceled and/or delayed trains, canceled tours. In some cases, it may only interrupt a day or two, and in others it might have longer-lasting effects. You should expect some plans to change since Japanese people take typhoons very seriously.

Best time of year to view Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji Japan

Many visitors to Japan will want to glimpse the country’s most famous mountain, and for good reason — it’s absolutely stunning. Well, we think it is. We’ve only seen her beauty in photos.

One thing many first-time visitors to Japan may not realize (ourselves included) is that Mount Fuji is notoriously shy. This means there is much of the year where your chances of seeing her are rare. Instead, this shy mountain will stay cloaked behind clouds and haze, only occasionally peeking through.

So what time of year will you have the best chance of seeing Mount Fuji?

  • Best chances of seeing Mount Fuji: Based on data from years past, you will have the highest chance of seeing Mount Fuji between the months of November and February.
  • Worst chances of seeing Mount Fuji: Alternatively, between April and August, you will have a slim chance of glimpsing this iconic mountain.

That said, nothing is promised when it comes to weather. 

We visited Japan for the first time during early February, when we should have had a good chance of seeing Fuji. We spent the night in Hakone and bought the (not so cheap!) Hakone Day Pass to get close to the mountain, yet we only saw WHITE FRICKIN’ CLOUDS.

Best Time to Visit Japan Viewing Mount Fuji

And on the other hand, we’ve known people who have seen Fuji peek out during July and August, supposedly bad months for viewing the mountain.

But if you’re looking to get that iconic shot of a clear sky day and the mountain towering in the background in her famous symmetrical grandeur, late autumn through early spring will be your best bet at capturing this sight.

Psst! Check out our list of the most beautiful places in Japan you’ll have to see to believe!

Japan’s seasons at a glance

Japan has 4 distinct seasons: The winter is cold and the summer is hot. If either of those would bother you, it’s easy to eliminate a season right off the bat.

Spring is famously known for stunning displays of cherry blossoms around the country . But when we say famous, we mean it. Japan gets very busy this time of year with domestic and international travelers, so if crowds bother you, this is another easy elimination.

Fall comes with spectacular autumn foliage , and while not as crowded as cherry blossom season, it’s not an unpopular time to travel.

Jump to the season you’re interested in to read more about what to expect:

Winter in Japan

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  • Autumn in Japan

We’re going to go over what to expect during each season in detail so you can better plan your trip to Japan.

Best Time to Visit Japan Winter in Japan

During the winter months, major cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto tend to enjoy mild temperatures, but you can find snow and colder temps in the mountains and on Hokkaido (the northernmost island in Japan).

Crowds tend to be fewer during the winter season, except for at the ski resorts where outdoor enthusiasts will be spoiled with some of the best powder in the world.

Winter comes with sunshine and blue skies that are statistically the clearest they’ll be all year long.

While winter may not be the first season you think of traveling, there’s actually a ton to do, and we think it is a great time to visit Japan .

  • When is winter in Japan?  December – February
  • Typical weather in Japan during the winter:  Dry, cold, & sunny
  • Average winter temperatures:  35 ° F – 55 ° F (Tokyo) (2 ° C – 13 ° C)
  • least crowded season
  • Japan has great snow for skiing and snowboarding
  • great time for onsens, snow monkeys and seeing scenic landscapes & villages dusted in snow
  • cold weather, averaging around 43°F (6°C)
  • some outdoor activities, like hiking and biking may be more difficult in the winter

Winter months at a glance

  • December:  Third coldest month of the year, lots of Bonenkai (“forget the year”) parties and celebrations. Ski season begins in Sapporo.
  • January:  Coldest month of the year, clear and sunny skies, snowy in the northern part of the country, best month for skiing and winter activities.
  • February:  Second coldest month of the year, still great for skiing in the mountains, yet you can start seeing spring plum blossoms further south in the country.

Best things to do in the winter in Japan

Best Time to Visit Japan Snow Monkey Hot Spring

We have a huge list of all the best things to do during winter in Japan , but here are some highlights:

  • Go skiing or snowboarding
  • Visit traditional villages like Shirakawa-go , which is stunning after a fresh show
  • Go to the Sapporo Snow Festival (held for one week in February)
  • Soak in an onsen (natural hot spring)
  • Fill your belly with hot ramen noodle soup
  • See “snow monkeys” at Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • View Mount Fuji
  • Photograph famous sights with a blanket of snow
  • Check out some of Tokyo’s best activities that take place indoors

Best times and places to ski in Japan

  • Sapporo:  December – March
  • Nagano:  January – February

Winter is the best season to travel to Japan if…

  • …you don’t mind colder temperatures
  • …you want to ski or snowboard
  • …you want to avoid the crowds
  • …you want to save money and travel during off-peak season

What to pack for winter in Japan

  • Lots of layers, including a versatile jacket, gloves and a hat
  • Warm and comfortable footwear and socks
  • Sunglasses (remember, this season has the sunniest days!)
  • Hand warmers (you can buy these pretty much everywhere in Japan)
  • Ski gear (if needed)

Shirakawa-go Japan

With stunning  sakura  (cherry blossoms) popping up all around the country and temperatures warming, it should come as no surprise that spring is a popular time to visit Japan. A  very  popular time, indeed.

If you travel to Japan in the spring, you’ll be rewarded with comfortable temperatures, beautiful blossoms, and  crowds .

  • When is spring in Japan?  From March – May
  • Typical weather in Japan during the spring:  Nice during the day, but chilly at night. Mostly sunny days with a more showers near the end of May.
  • Average spring temperatures:  40 ° F – 70 ° F (Tokyo) (4 ° C – 21 ° C)
  • comfortable temperatures
  • beautiful cherry blossoms
  • crowded (make travel plans far in advance!)
  • things may be more expensive since it is peak season

What is Golden Week in Japan?

“Golden Week” is a series of four national holidays that all fall within the same week from April 29th – May 5th every year.

  • April 29, Showa Day:  birthday of Emperor Showa, who ruled the country during World War II.
  • May 3, Constitution Day ( Kenpo kinenbi ):  called  ,  this is the celebration of the Japanese constitution ratification in 1947.
  • May 4, Green Day ( Midori no hi ):  similar to Earth Day, this holiday honors the environment.
  • Pssst! For everyone else out there wondering why they don’t include young girls in this, there is a “Girls’ Festival” (Hina Matsuri) on March 3rd.

Many Japanese people have holiday from work during this time, so it is a popular time to travel for both international and domestic visitors.

If your trip falls during these dates (or even a bit before and after), you’ll have the unique opportunity to see some celebrations and mingle with lots of Japanese travelers.

But be warned, you should start booking your accommodation well in advance because rooms sell out in popular places, like Kyoto, for example. You’ll also want to reserve seats on trains ahead of your trip, otherwise you’ll be out of luck.

Should you avoid visiting during Golden Week in Japan?

I’m going to be honest, I don’t think we would travel to Japan during Golden Week because of the insane crowds.

If you want to see Cherry Blossom but aren’t excited about the prospect of crowds, we’d urge you to avoid Golden Week, and instead travel to Japan during early March.

When and where can you see cherry blossoms?

Best Time to Visit Japan Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms are only in bloom for roughly one week per location. They bloom at different times throughout the country, so if you want to extend the length of time you can view them, it’s best to travel south to north so you can see them for a longer period of time.

We have an entire guide to how you can see the cherry blossoms in Japan , but in short, here are some of the best times to go:

  • Fukuoka: Late March – Early April
  • Hiroshima: Late March – Early April
  • Kyoto: First Week of April (very popular)
  • Osaka: First Week of April (very popular)
  • Tokyo: Late March – Early April (very popular)
  • Kanazawa: 1st – 2nd week in April
  • Matsumoto: 2nd- 3rd week in April
  • Sapporo: Late April – Early May

Spring months at a glance

Three Houses Viewpoint Shirakawa-go Japan

  • March:  Temperatures are still cool, but it noticeably warms throughout the month. Skiing season in the mountains is starting to wind down, and toward the end of the month the first cherry blossoms start to reveal themselves.
  • April:  This is the prime month for cherry blossom viewing, though many Japanese people have a whole week off from work (Golden Week), so most major cherry blossom sites will be incredibly crowded.
  • May:  Very nice weather during the month of May — warm temperatures and sunny skies. Though it is technically the start of typhoon season, strong storms are very rare during the month of May.

Best things to do in the spring in Japan

  • Head to Kyoto to photograph sakura (aka cherry blossoms) of course!
  • Catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji
  • Try some interesting new foods in Japan
  • Take a day trip from Osaka to Hiroshima to check out some of the city’s super important historical sites

Spring is the best season to travel if…

  • …you don’t mind crowds
  • …you want comfortable temperatures (not too cold or too hot)
  • …you want to see the famous cherry blossoms
  • …you can make your bookings well in advance
  • …you don’t mind paying a bit more for hotels and tours during peak season

What to pack for spring in Japan

  • Thicker layers if traveling in March
  • Light jacket for April and May
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hiking attire if you plan to hit the trails

Best Time to Visit Japan Summer in Japan Swimming

Summer in Japan is the time for festivals and celebrations. The summer spans from June to August, with August being the busiest travel month because school is out and many Japanese people travel over the Obon holiday (August 13-15).

(Unlucky for us, we unknowingly decided to visit Japan for our second time in August…whoops!)

Be prepare on ways to beat the humidity because it can get pretty sticky. Also it’s rainy season and the start of typhoon season, so don’t forget your rain jacket and umbrella

  • When is summer in Japan?  June – August
  • Typical weather in Japan during the summer:  Hot, humid, sticky, and rainy. But not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.
  • Average summer temperatures:  70 ° F – 90 ° F (Tokyo) (21 ° C – 32 ° C)
  • Festivals throughout the country during the summer months
  • Prime season for outdoor activities like hiking
  • great time to try scuba diving in Japan
  • can get very humid
  • rain is common at the beginning of summer (June – mid-July), and typhoons are common at the end of summer (August – September)

How bad is the heat in summer, really?

Best Time to Visit Japan Summer in Japan Hiking

Over the last few years, I’ve realized I don’t handle extreme heat very well. I get tired and crabby much more quickly in the heat. Needless to say, I was very nervous about traveling to Japan during August — the hottest month of the year!

So what was it like?

Well, it did get pretty hot, like 98°F hot (37°C). And it did rain on us a few times but typically it would only last for 20-30 minutes and the rain would stop.

Some days were worse than others. After a rain, for example, it was actually pretty comfortable.

We’ve heard that summer in Tokyo is similar to summer in NYC, hot and humid. And Osaka in summer is similar to Washington D.C. in the summer, which is even more hot and humid. 

Knowing what to expect is half the battle , and this way you can prepare yourself for it.

All of our accommodation (even in tiny villages) had strong AC, so we never had an issue with being comfortable at night.

Summer months at a glance

  • June:  The beginning of the month is quite nice, comparable to the weather in May. However,  tsuyu  (rainy season) starts around mid-June and last for about a month. It’s not rainy all day but there is a June gloom feeling that hangs around. Temperatures get warmer and the humidity increases as the month progresses.
  • July:  Starts out rainy because of  tsuyu  (rainy season), this only lasts until mid-July. Temperatures and humidity continue to rise as this is typically the second hottest month of the year. Great time to see festivals including Kyoto famous Gion Matsuri festival.
  • August:  The hottest month of the year in Japan. August is a good time to venture into the mountains to escape the heat. Many Japanese have August 13th-15th off because of Obon holiday, so try to avoid this time because it can get busy.

Best things to do in the summer in Japan

Best Time to Visit Japan Summer in Japan

  • Check out Tokyo’s digital art museum on a day that’s too hot or rainy to be outside
  • Enjoy festivals including Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri and Osaka’s Tenjin Matsuri
  • Go hiking through the Japanese Alps or venture up to Hokkaido
  • Scuba diving (apparently the diving is actually really good in Japan!)
  • Head to the beach
  • Watch a baseball game
Ever thought of going  scuba diving in Japan ?  Being an island nation, the diving in Japan is actually quite good, and being an off the radar scuba destinations means less crowded dive sites! If you are visiting Japan in the summer time, you’ll have the best conditions for diving all over the country.

Summer is the best season to travel if…

  • …you don’t mind humidity and a bit of rain
  • …you like outdoor activities like hiking and biking
  • …you want to experience cultural festivals

What to pack for summer in Japan

  • Anti-chafing cream
  • Hand-held fan (you can buy these all over and they make a nice Japanese souvenir )
  • Deodorant, finding quality deodorant in Japan is very difficult (we switched to natural deodorant several years ago and will never go back!)
  • Light, loose clothing that wicks sweat
  • Umbrella for rain and shade

Fall in Japan

Autumn in Japan momiji

With typhoon season peaking at the beginning of September, the start of fall in Japan is typically rainy depending on where you are. However, the weather starts to clear up in October and by November the leaves are changing.

We visited Japan in November 2023 and put together this guide to autumn in Japan that’s full of useful info.

  • When is autumn in Japan?  September – November
  • Typical weather in Japan during the autumn:  Rainy in September and beginning of October because of typhoon season
  • Average autumn temperatures:  50 ° F – 80 ° F (Tokyo) (10 ° C – 27 ° C)
  • nice temperatures
  • beautiful fall foliage in countryside
  • September can be a pretty humid and rainy month, but it starts to get better in October

When can you see fall foliage in Japan?

The colorful leaves peak a bit later than other places in the Northern Hemisphere, like North America and Europe. The best display of autumn colors can typically be seen toward the end of November and even through the beginning of December.

You can find past and current reports of fall foliage here .

Autumn months at a glance

  • September:  peak of typhoon season in the southern prefectures, there can be airport and train delays. But it is the month with the least amount of visitors so it will be less busy.
  • October:  rainy in the beginning of the month but the temperatures start to drop making going outside more manageable.
  • November:  cool, crisp and dry time of year. Autumn foliage peaks near the end of November

Best things to do during the fall in Japan

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  • Hike the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail
  • Sneak some views of Mount Fuji
  • See the fall foliage on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Eat sweet treats like deep fried maple leaves in Minoo Park
  • Travel to Osaka for leaf peeping in the parks

Autumn is the best season to travel if…

  • …you are seeking comfortable temperatures
  • …you would like to see (and photograph!) fall foliage
  • …you want to explore the major cities
  • …you like to avoid crowds
  • …you enjoy cool and crisp air

What to pack for fall  in Japan

  • Umbrella just in case it rains
  • Light jacket for November

Holidays & festivals in Japan

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It’s a good idea to check the calendar before booking your flight to Japan, as there are many national holidays that can affect your travels.

Some of these festivals will be fun to observe, but they can also mean trains book up quickly and hotels mark up their rates for peak times.

Here are some of the (not all!) big holiday dates to know:

  • January 1:  New Year’s Day (people often travel on the days before and after)
  • February 11:  Foundation Day
  • Around March 20 – 21:  Vernal (Spring) Equinox Day
  • April 29 – May 5:  Golden Week
  • 3rd Monday in July:  Marine Day
  • August 11:  Mountain Day
  • August 13 – 15 : Obon
  • 3rd Monday in September:  Respect for the Aged Day
  • Around September 22 – 23:  Autumn Equinox Day 
  • October 1:  Citizens Day 
  • 2nd Monday in October:  Health and Sports Day
  • November 3:  Culture Day
  • November 23 : Labor Thanksgiving Day 
  • December 23:  Emperor’s Birthday

Festivals in Japan

In Japan, festivals are called  matsuri  and they take place all year long. This is a list of some of the more unique festivals in Japan.

  • Jan 15:  Nozawa Fire Festival , in Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 5-12:  Sapporo Yuki Matsuri  (Snow Festival), Sapporo, Hokkaido
  • Late March:  Sumo Wrestling Spring Basho , Osaka
  • Early June:  The Kaiko Kinenbi , Yokohama Port Opening Ceremony (Boat Races)
  • July:  Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri  (Star Festival), Hiratsuka
  • Late July:  Tenjin Matsuri  (Festival of the Gods), Osaka
  • October:  Warai Festival  (Laughing Festival), Wakayama

Best time of year to travel to Japan based on activity

Check the list below to find the activities you’re most interested in doing while in Japan. See what time of year is best to help you decide when to plan your trip.

  • Photography:  Spring or Fall
  • Beating the crowds:  Winter
  • Hiking:  Spring, Summer or Winter
  • Skiing/Snowboarding:  Winter
  • Onsens:  Winter, Spring or Fall
  • Scuba Diving:  Summer
  • Beach Hopping:  Summer
  • Spotting Mount Fuji:  Late Fall, Winter, early Spring
  • Festivals and Celebrations:  All year!

In our opinion…

Us wearing Yakata that was provided by our guesthouse.

We’ve traveled to Japan in both the summer and the wintertime, and each had its own pros and cons.

Summer was hot and humid—like really humid—so we found ourselves sweating through our shirts daily. But we’ve been in hot and humid climates before, so honestly, it wasn’t anything we hadn’t dealt with before. But still, it wasn’t all that pleasant, and it wouldn’t be our season of choice.

The wintertime was picturesque in the countryside where the snow stuck to the ground. And in the big cities, we actually got many sunny, blue sky days which was a surprise. The cold temperatures made it fun to pop into cozy noodle shops or soak in hot onsens, whereas those activities were not quite so pleasant in the August heat.

We preferred winter over summer, because the crowds were fewer and we’re accustomed to cold weather, so we found it to be quite mild actually.

However, if we were able to choose, we would without a doubt, travel to Japan in the fall: early November, specifically.

November has a smaller chance of rain than October, and more comfortable temperatures than December.

The temperatures will have cooled off from the crazy summer humidity, yet it wouldn’t be too cold for hiking. It wouldn’t have quite the same crazy crowds as cherry blossom season brings. And fall foliage in Japan is something we’ve been dreaming about seeing!

Alternatively, early March would offer the beginnings of cherry blossom season, comfortable weather, and less crowds than those you’ll find late April and early May during Golden Week.

What to pack for traveling to Japan

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In this FREE Japan packing list PDF download , we’ve provided packing checklists for everything from clothing and toiletries (for both women and men!) to what shoes to pack and extra stuff you may want to have on-hand just in case.

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Visiting Japan in June: Weather, What to See & Do

June is the beginning of summer in Japan. As such, it is one of the most colorful, beautiful, and pleasant times to visit Japan. The air is not too hot, and even though the rainy season might welcome you when you arrive, it’s still going to be a great vacation.

What’s the weather like in June in Tokyo and Japan?

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What’s the weather like in June in Tokyo and Japan?

How is the weather in June in Japan? Different regions in Japan tend to be different when it comes to temperatures and weather, but by and large, you will find warm weather, with slightly higher temperatures in the southern prefectures and Okinawa . In Tokyo, average temperature in June is 25.7 °C. If you visit Tokyo in summer , your vacation will be as pleasant as it can be. It will be warm, but not hot, and it will be perfect for visiting parks , temples , walking around from one sightseeing location to the other, and enjoy the open air. That said, depending on when you visit in June, you might have to deal with the Japanese rainy season . Rainy season in Japan is from around early May in Okinawa , and from mid-June to early July in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka.

Is June a good time to visit Japan?

June is when the rainy season occurs in most parts of Japan. You should not be discouraged from visiting, though. Rainy season does not mean constant rain, and when the weather is more forgiving, the days are bright, warm, and not too hot, and with a little bit of preparation, even rainy days can be less of a drag than what you would imagine. All these factors make visiting Japan in June an attractive option.

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It will be warm, but not too much. And you may have to deal with rain. Women ・Outerwear: Summer dresses, light cotton shirts, summer skirts ・Footwear: If you are comfortable with open shoes, you are definitely going to be happy you brought them, but don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes for your (likely) very long walking tours. ・Accessories: sunglasses, small towels, sunscreen, umbrella Men ・Outerwear: polo shirts, light shirts, and buttoned shirts, shorts, light pants ・Footwear: comfortable socks and shoes, and if you are not planning to walk too much on a given day, open shoes ・Accessories: sunglasses, small towel, umbrella What else should I pack for Japan in June? The weather will be comfortable, but if you are visiting at a time when the rainy season is supposed to occur, definitely add a raincoat and maybe even rain boots to your list. Don’t forget to also pack a small backpack or day pack that's easy to carry. Ideally, it would be waterproof to keep your things dry during rainy season . (Alternatively, you can bring or buy a plastic bag that can fit around the pack to keep it dry if the weather should change.) You will likely walk a lot and you may need to have on you a few things like: ・Shirt change ・Water ・Sunscreen ・Sunglasses ・Power bank

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1. See a stunning variety of flowers The colors of summer peak early in the season and June is the month to see them. ・Iris – Depending on where you are, you will probably be able to find parks or temples with expanses of iris. In Tokyo, try to catch the Katsushika Shobu Matsuri , the iris festival. ・Hydrangea – This flower is synonymous with the rainy season and also what puts a good spin on it. Here are some great spots in and around Tokyo to enjoy these flowers. Many other places across Japan are famous for their flowers and even though they may peak a little later in summer , you might be lucky to catch them late in June: ・Lotus - These gorgeous flowers not only look incredible, but their perfume aroma makes the season sparkle. Find them at Shinobazu Pond in Tokyo , at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu in Kamakura , and Sankeien Garden in Yokohama .

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2. Celebrate Sanno Matsuri and Kanda Matsuri Two of the Great Festivals of Tokyo, alongside Fukagawa Festival, Sanno Matsuri takes place on even number years, while Kanda on odd number years. The celebration stretches across a 1 to 2-week period. 3. Enjoy lots of indoor activities While it’s true that the rainy season can make your outdoors sightseeing a bit difficult, it’s usually not enough to ruin your vacation. What’s more, there is also the great indoors! Some ideas include: ・ Museums – No matter what you like in museums , Japan has got it ・ Aquariums – You will find amazing ones in most prefectures in Japan ・Maid Cafes – For a unique and very Japanese experience ・Spa, sento , onsen ・And of course, shopping in Tokyo malls , outlets, and other areas!

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4. Admire Mount Fuji June is a great time to visit Mount Fuji and its surrounding areas. Although the official climbing season starts in July, you can get incredible views of Japan's famous mountain in the Kawaguchiko area. You will find a number of parks , and gardens , as well as great food, and some of the most amazing sights in Japan. 5. Immerse yourself in the Fussa Firefly Festival This festival taking place in Fussa City, west of Tokyo is a beautiful and magical experience to spend time among hundreds of dancing fireflies. The night festival is also a great opportunity to try traditional dishes and see traditional attractions. 6. Visit Hokkaido If you want to avoid the rainy season altogether, why not go and enjoy the mild beautiful summer of Hokkaido, in northern Japan? The whole prefecture is filled with amazing food, sights, events, and festivals. 7. Travel to Okinawa The rainy season in Okinawa is usually already over in June. The sky is clear, the weather warmer than it is in the rest of the country, and it’s not the peak of high season yet, so you can enjoy the prefecture’s amazing beaches without having to share them with too many people.

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8. Eat special foods and drinks There is so much seasonal food that is great in summer , that you will certainly find something you like. ・Kakigori (Shaved ice): Japan is big on shaved ice in many different flavors, and this treat becomes extremely popular in summer , especially during festivals. ・Hiyashi Chuka: A refreshing, flavorful cold ramen with a number of different toppings. ・Rei-Shabu: Much like its ramen counterpart, also the popular shabu-shabu has a summer variety in which the meat is cooked and then chilled in cold broth and served on a bed of fresh vegetables and sesame sauce. ・Mizu Yokan: A dessert made of red bean paste, sugar, and agar, presented in the shaped cube or slices. A refreshing dessert that's also available in matcha flavor. ・ Yakitori : Grilled skewed meat for all the bbq lovers out there. ・Nagashi somen: Cold somen noodles that you will pluck directly from a bamboo slide. Tasty, refreshing, and fun.

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And here you have it! All you need to know to prepare for your trip and get yourself started on that list of things to do in Japan in June!

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Lucio Maurizi is an automotive expert specializing in Japan's car scene and auto-tourism. With an MA in East Asian History from La Sapienza Università di Roma, he's a multi-talented contributor to travel platforms like LIVE JAPAN, Japan Travel, and GPlus Media. His Instagram account (50k+ followers) offers insider views on Japan's automotive culture. Lucio also actively collaborates with professional drivers and influencers and organizes can't-miss car events in Tokyo. Instagram: @italian_in_japan Other links: https://linktr.ee/italianinjapan

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  • Rainy periods differ through Japan—Okinawa's rain begins in May, while Tohoku usually gets a mid-June start
  • Don't expect it to rain everyday, just more often than usual
  • Rainy days are a good time to explore indoor options like Kabuki, cafes, and fine dining
  • Hokkaido gets significantly less rain than other parts of Japan

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Rice paddies filled with water in Niigata-a common site nationwide in June

Fields filled with water and ripening plums

The Japanese word for the rainy season, tsuyu or "plum rain," refers to a period when plums ripen on trees as rice fields around rural Japan are flooded by rain. This time of year determines the rice harvest, and is, in a sense, the lifeline for Japan's populace. Another noticeable benefit of the season can be seen in the luminous hydrangeas which flourish in the damp weather.

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Hydrangeas at Meigetsu-in Temple in Kamakura are at their peak in mid-June

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Japan’s summer, which lasts from June to August, is often quite hot and humid, with daily temperatures frequently exceeding 30 °C (86 °F), especially in Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, and other major urban areas.

If you’re planning to visit Japan in summer, June is the greatest month for a trip. You won’t have to worry about crowds in the tourist season and can enjoy flights and hotels at affordable prices. Additionally, Japan weather in June is usually more pleasant than the weather in July and August, so June will be the perfect time for you to experience a wonderful summer in Japan.

Japan Weather In June: What’s The Weather Like In June In Japan?

Although temperatures and weather in regions in Japan may differ, in general, you can see warmer weather, with a bit higher temperatures in the southern regions and Okinawa.

Beginning in June, humidity and temperatures tend to go up slightly, but overall, it’s not too terrible and definitely acceptable. Japan weather in June is a bit hot but not too uncomfortable with average temperatures from 19°C to 25°C . The daily June temperature in Tokyo is around 26°C.

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June is also the beginning of the rainy season in Japan. Although it often rains heavily in Japan, it seldom does so continuously. The clear days after rain with nice temperatures are perfect for sightseeing and other activities.

June is still an excellent time for visiting if you don’t mind the occasional rain because the rainfall and temperatures are not too severe.

In Okinawa’s tropical and subtropical islands, the rainy season starts in May and lasts until late June. While Hokkaido doesn’t have a rainy season, the majority of the rest of Japan tends to experience more rain in the middle of June. Even if it doesn’t rain every day, the weather is often cloudy and wet. If you want to stay drier during this month, remember to bring waterproof boots and an umbrella.

June’s weather in specific regions of Japan:

  • Hokkaido (Niseko, Sapporo, Furano)

While June is the rainy season in most areas of Japan, Hokkaido and the northernmost parts of the nation are the exceptions: sunny days, clear sky, and pleasant weather with an average temperature of 17°C, and Sapporo experiences its driest time of the year.

June is suggested to be the ideal month for exploring Hokkaido to enjoy the stunning scenery, especially as the cherry blossom is currently at its most beautiful season in Hokkaido.

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June is suggested to be the ideal month for exploring Hokkaido to enjoy the stunning scenery, especially as the cherry blossom is currently at its most beautiful season in Hokkaido. (Source: Internet)

  • Honshu (Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka)

In Honshu and central Japan, the rainy season begins in June and lasts through mid-July. Days during the rainy season are often cloudy, with rain usually coming in a sudden shower or sometimes intense tropical rainstorms.

Don’t forget an umbrella when leaving the hotel because this is the wettest time of the year in Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, and Hiroshima. On the bright side, the rainy season is the best time to enjoy the restorative Japanese hot springs, such as Hakone hot spring resort.

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n Honshu and central Japan, the rainy season begins in June and lasts through mid-July. (Source: Internet)

  • Shikoku and Kyushu (Fukuoka, Matsuyama, Nagasaki)

Except for Hokkaido, June’s rains are hitting various areas of Japan, including the islands of Shikoku and Kyushu. Although the southern parts of Kyushu are wetter, especially Kagoshima, which is often the most humid city in Japan in June, Matsuyama is the region that has the rainiest month of the year.

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Except for Hokkaido, June’s rains are hitting various areas of Japan, including the islands of Shikoku and Kyushu. (Source: Internet)

  • Okinawa (Kerama, Naha, Okinawa)

June marks the start of the rainy season in Okinawa and the southern Japanese islands. The rainfall decreases at the end of the month and tourists start to flock to the beaches. Although the temperatures can high up to 29 in Okinawa, June is still a great month for diving and swimming because of the warmer sea temperatures and clear weather.

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June marks the start of the rainy season in Okinawa and the southern Japanese islands. (Source: Internet)

Is June A Good Month To Travel To Japan?

In most areas of Japan, June marks the beginning of the rainy season. However, don’t let it prevent you from coming to Japan. Although it’s the rainy season, the weather is not always wet and after rain time, the clear days that are sunny, pleasant, and not too hot will be the perfect time for you to explore Japan.

Summer isn’t typically the peak season. You might be able to benefit from cheaper hotel rates and more available rooms as a greater number of foreign tourists usually flock to Japan during the cherry blossom season or foliage times in autumn.

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In most areas of Japan, June marks the beginning of the rainy season. (Source: Internet)

In the summer months of Japan, many areas of the country have high temperatures and humidity, but June is often cooler than late summer. Instead of July or August, June is a more excellent time to visit Japan if you want to enjoy the greatest summer.

Top Places In Japan To Visit In June

1. hokkaido: perfect for outdoor activities.

Hokkaido is an excellent place to visit if you want to escape the heat and humidity of the southern regions of Japan. The weather is generally warm, and sunny without being hot and humid like in other parts of Japan.

In addition, If you come to Sapporo in June, you can experience the traditional, colorful festival held every year here.

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Hokkaido is an excellent place to visit if you want to escape the heat and humidity of the southern regions of Japan. (Source: Internet)

With cool, bright weather in June, Hokkaido is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. You may walk along the romantic, stunning flower fields. National parks are another fantastic option for you to enjoy the natural beauty of Hokkaido.

Also Try the Beer Museum in Sapporo, a wonderful place to discover the oldest and most well-liked beers in Japan.

2. Tokyo: A dynamic city with many options

Compared to other major Japanese cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo in June is relatively dry.  Being the heart of the country, Tokyo is always at the top of tourists’ destination lists when visiting Japan.

You should visit its theme parks (such as the famous Disney Sea), see Tokyo’s modern skyscrapers and explore the busiest streets.

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Being the heart of the country, Tokyo is always at the top of tourists’ destination lists when visiting Japan. (Source: Internet)

If you have kids, Pokemon Center and Anime museums (Ghibli Museum) will be interesting destinations for you. A firefly night trip in June would be another terrific option for you when coming to Tokyo. The night sky sparkling with fireflies creates a fantastic atmosphere.

3. Kyoto: Japanese traditional cultural experiences

In June, Kyoto is a bit hot and humid. Rains can account for up to 13 days in June with a rainfall of about 200mm. Rain seldom falls all day and often appears in the afternoon.

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In June, Kyoto is a bit hot and humid. (Source: Internet)

You would still have dry days to enjoy its ancient temples, such Fushimi Inari -Taisha Shrine, with its lush June plants. If it’s raining, consider some indoor cultural activities like tea ceremonies, samurai, and kimono fittings.

4. Okinawa Prefecture: Beautiful beaches and deer feeding in Nara

Okinawa is a wonderful destination to visit in late June, with stunning beaches, sunny days, and refreshing ocean swimming.

As the center of Okinawa, Naha’s weather is hot, humid and rainy in June. However, this also can not prevent you from coming to Naha Park on a sunny day after the rain to relax and commune with nature.

In Nara Park, there are numerous deer roaming free. Feeding cute deer in Naha on your Japan trip will be a memorable experience.

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Feeding cute deer in Naha on your Japan trip will be a memorable experience. (Source: Internet)

5. Kanazawa: Ancient town with craft activities

Kanazawa has a similar climate to Tokyo and is accessible by rail from Tokyo in two and a half hours.There, you may find Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s top three most stunning gardens.

Kanazawa is an attractive destination for people who love handmade art. You can enjoy wonderful artworks and exquisite crafts there that display ancient Japanese skills including cloth dying, golden leaf crafts, and intricate cord tying.

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Kanazawa is an attractive destination for people who love handmade art. (Source: Internet)

Things To Do In Japan In June

Although most parts of Japan are too wet for comfortable hiking in June, the Japan Alps are still a wonderful place to visit if you want to spend more time on outdoor activities. The tallest mountains in Japan are found in this range, which runs along the middle of Honshu, the “main” island of Japan.

If you prefer sightseeing, the beautiful flower fields in Hokkaido and Tokyo will be the perfect choice for you. In Tokyo, try the Katsushika Shobu Matsuri – the famous Iris flower festival. As for Hokkaido, the nice weather without rain will allow you to visit any flower field.

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If you prefer sightseeing, the beautiful flower fields in Hokkaido and Tokyo will be the perfect choice for you. (Source: Internet)

It’s clear that the rainy season may make outdoor activities a little more challenging, but it certainly can’t ruin your trip. There are a lot of interesting indoor activities you can explore! Here are several suggestions: visiting museums, fantastic aquariums, unique maid cafes, onsen (Japanese hot springs), going to shopping malls, etc.

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Clothing For June In Japan

Japan weather in June won’t be too hot but you have to deal with sudden showers. Here is our advice on your clothes when traveling in Japan in June.

  • Clothing: Cotton shirts, light T-shirts, shorts, summer dresses
  • Footwear: If you are happy wearing open shoes, bring them—you’ll be glad you did—but don’t forget to pack a pair of comfy shoes for your (likely) extremely long walking activities.
  • Accessories: towels, sunscreen, sunglasses, and an umbrella

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  • Clothing: Shorts, polo shirts, light pants, light T-shirts
  • Footwear: Comfortable shoes or sneakers for long walking activities
  • Accessories: Sunglasses, a towel, and an umbrella

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If you are planning to go to the beaches, remember to pack swimsuits and hats if necessary.

Costs And Crowds

Because of the rainy season, Japan’s destinations become less busy in June compared to its peak season from March to May. If you come to Japan before the Japanese summer vacation, you might benefit from cheaper flights and more affordable hotel costs, as well as less crowded sightseeing attractions.

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Hokkaido and Okinawa are the exceptions to Japan’s general low tourism season in June. (Source: Internet)

Hokkaido and Okinawa are the exceptions to Japan’s general low tourism season in June. In June, a lot of Japanese people visit these places, either to avoid the heat and take pleasure in the lovely weather in Hokkaido or to explore the stunning chilly beaches in Okinawa. The later part of June—when the rainfall generally decreases—is when Okinawa’s peak season begins. In comparison to most other times of the year, transportation and hotel expenses in these areas tend to go up.

Events In June

Natsu matsuri, or Japanese summer festivals, are celebrated all summer long in many different towns, and cities throughout the country. You can experience Japanese traditional dances with live music, try Japanese costumes and enjoy many unique foods and drinks.

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One of the most famous festivals in Japan in the summer is the Fussa Firefly Festival. (Source: Internet)

One of the most famous festivals in Japan in the summer is the Fussa Firefly Festival. Held in Fussa City, west of Tokyo, this unique event enables you to dance with thousands of surrounding dancing fireflies. What an enchanting and wonderful experience! The night festival is an excellent opportunity to enjoy local food and visit traditional destinations.

In addition, there are many other exciting summer festivals. Find out more on the internet or ask a local specialist for more details.

Summer Foods In June In Japan

What makes Japan’s summer even more enjoyable? Of course, excellent seasonal cuisine! The following list of the best summer foods in Japan is likely to include something you will enjoy, whether you’re staying outdoors, dining out, or just searching for something cold for a hot day.

Pop in a noodle shop for some somen if all you need is a meal that makes you feel refreshed. Somen is served cool and with a bowl of soup for dipping your noodles in.

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Somen is served cool and with a bowl of soup for dipping your noodles in. (Source: Internet)

2. Zaru Udon and Zaru Soba

The noodle dishes Zaru Udon and Zaru Soba are undoubtedly the most iconic of summer in Japan. They are made from a combination of wheat flour and buckwheat flour, respectively, and are cooked before being placed in a bamboo basket called a Zaru. These are available at any soba noodles restaurant in Japan.

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The noodle dishes Zaru Udon and Zaru Soba are undoubtedly the most iconic of summer in Japan. (Source: Internet)

3. Hiyashi Chuka

This classic summer dish is made of boiled and chilled Chinese noodles served with ham, a thin-sliced omelet, cucumber, and other seasonings. The noodles’ extremely silky texture makes them an excellent solution for summer tiredness.

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The noodles’ extremely silky texture makes them an excellent solution for summer tiredness. (Source: Internet)

4. Morioka Reimen

The flexibility and silky texture of Morioka Reimen are its distinguishing features. A traditional dish from Morioka in the Iwate, these cold noodles are served with toppings including cucumber, kimchi, and boiled eggs.

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The flexibility and silky texture of Morioka Reimen are its distinguishing features. (Source: Internet)

Eel, or unagi, is a fantastic dish to boost your energy when visiting Japan in the summer. A salty and sweet sauce drizzled over rice and charcoal-grilled unagi creates a must-try summer dish.

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Eel, or unagi, is a fantastic dish to boost your energy when visiting Japan in the summer. (Source: Internet)

6. Kakigori

Kakigori is a must-try dessert during summer in Japan. Shaved ice gets drizzled with syrup in a variety of tastes, such as melon, strawberry, or Hawaii, and can often be found at festivals.

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Kakigori is a must-try dessert during summer in Japan. ( Source: Internet)

1. What is the average June temperature in Japan?

Japan’s weather in June is hot and humid, with average temperatures ranging from around 19°C to 30°C (66°F to 86°F).

2. Is June a rainy month in Japan?

Yes. The rainy season in the majority of Japanese areas lasts from the beginning of June until the middle of July. In the northern regions, particularly in Hokkaido, the weather will be pleasantly bright and less rainy. On the contrary, the rainy and high-humidity climate is found in the central to southern prefectures.

3. Is Japan better in June or July?

Many regions of the country have high temperatures and humidity, but June is often less unpleasant than late summer. Compared to July, June is a more suitable time to visit Japan if you want to enjoy the greatest summertime here.

4. Is there snow in Japan in June?

The answer is No. Around the time of Christmas, Japan normally experiences its first snowfall, which lasts until the end of March or the beginning of April. Mid January to late February is when the snow season peaks.

5. Is June typhoon season in Japan?

Yes, June can have typhoons but not often. Typhoons can sometimes appear outside of the typical typhoon season, which runs from May to October. Okinawa often suffers more typhoons than the mainland of Japan. Typhoons often occur less frequently in the northern areas of Japan, such as Hokkaido.

6. How hot is Tokyo in June?

A normal day in June in Tokyo can have an average high temperature of 26°C or a low temperature of 18°C. The weather is comparatively warm with the breeze.

7. How rainy is Tokyo in June?

On average, there is a 48% possibility of rain in Tokyo in June. On a typical day, we find 0.6 in (around 15.3 mm) of rainfall. It shows that Tokyo in June has moderate rainfall.

8. Are there cherry blossoms in Japan in June?

The cherry blossom season in Japan typically lasts from late March to early April. However, there are some exceptions. In the north side, particularly in Hokkaido, the cherry blossom may bloom from late May to the beginning of June, while it also opens in early January in Japan’s southern subtropical islands. Therefore, you can absolutely see cherry blossoms if you come to Hokkaido in early June.

9. What is the best time to visit Japan?

The spring season (March to May) and the autumn season (September to November) are the ideal times to visit Japan. Japan is at its most colorful at this time, with stunning cherry blossoms or vibrant red foliage bringing contrast to the surroundings. Keep in mind that at this time, it might also be very crowded.

10. What should you pack when going to Japan in June?

Since the majority of Japan sees its rainy season in June, it is a good idea to pack rain gear and waterproof clothes. For humid days, it is advised that you bring some comfortable, quick-drying clothing. For the chilly evenings in northern Japan, layers of clothes are recommended.

If you want to hike in the mountains or national parks, don’t forget the mosquito repellent. There will be a lot of ultraviolet (UV) rays, so bring enough sunscreen, a hat, and high-quality sunglasses.

Japan weather in June varies depending on the region, but it is generally hot, humid, and rainy. Even so, June is still the most ideal time to experience Japan’s beautiful summer. Plan carefully and prepare the necessary items to have the best summer trip in Japan.


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The Best, Worst, and Most Affordable Times to Visit Japan

Whether you want to see the cherry blossoms or avoid the crowds, these are the best times to visit Japan.

A snowy getaway in Hokkaido, a beach vacation in Okinawa, or a photography trip to capture cherry blossoms in Tokyo — the best time to visit Japan depends entirely on what you want to do when you arrive.

As a country with a seemingly endless amount of activities and festivals on offer throughout the year, there really isn't a bad time to visit. But if you're interested in shrine-hopping in Kyoto, seeing the pink hues of cherry blossoms, or gazing at fall foliage, you'll want to carefully time your visit. Here are the tourist seasons to be aware of when planning your trip.

  • High Season: March to May and September to November
  • Shoulder Seasons:  June to August and December
  • Low Season:  January to March

Use this guide to find the perfect time for your dream trip to Japan.

Best Times to Visit Japan for Smaller Crowds

Travelers from all over the world come to Japan to admire the cherry blossoms, so it should come as no surprise that sakura season (late March to April) marks the busiest time for tourism. Domestic travelers also take advantage of Golden Week (a series of four national holidays in Japan) from the end of April to the beginning of May. You'll want to avoid visiting during that time, unless you meticulously plan ahead, since trains, hotels, and sightseeing spots can often be overcrowded or booked out entirely. Stunning foliage tends to draw crowds in the autumn, especially when the leaves reach their colorful peak between mid-October and early November.

If you're looking to avoid the crowds, plan your visit during the rainy season, which typically begins in June and lasts until mid-July. Though this period tends to be humid and drizzly, it's one of the best times to enjoy the popular tourist spots without the crowds. Japan is also quieter between January and March, making it a perfect time to pair sightseeing with snow sports and onsen visits.

Best Times to Visit Japan for Good Weather

Japan, while not especially large, is surprisingly varied when it comes to weather. Frigid winters at the northernmost tip of Hokkaido make the subtropical islands of southern Okinawa seem worlds away. The rainy season typically runs from early June to mid-July throughout most of the country — Tokyo included — except in Okinawa where showers begin in early May. Meanwhile, in Hokkaido, summertime brings mild temperatures and blue skies.

If you aren't hitting the ski slopes, March to May and September to November are generally considered the best times to visit the country for pleasant weather. That's when travelers can find the iconic cherry blossoms that seem straight out of a postcard, or, on the other hand, vivid autumnal leaves. During these seasons, rainfall is minimal, skies are clear, and temperatures are mild, ranging from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit most days.

For those not averse to heat and humidity, summer brings a different tempo to Japan. It's a time of year perfect for exploring nature — ideally, somewhere cool up a mountain or as far north as possible. The lusciously cooler climes of Hokkaido are heaven in the summer, with rainbow-bright flower fields and countless outdoor activities, from hiking to horseback riding.

In the winter, the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido is undeniably the best place to ski or snowboard, but areas outside of Tokyo, such as Niigata, are only a Shinkansen ride away and boast great alpine resorts. Those who prefer the warmth would do best to fly south to Okinawa during the winter for a more subtropical climate.

Best Times to Visit Japan for Lower Prices

Japan has a reputation for being a pricey destination, but there are times of year when it's less expensive to visit. During the low season, between January and March, you may be able to find deals on airfare and hotel rooms. Prices tend to spike during the holiday season, especially around the New Year, so it's best to avoid the beginning of January if you're trying to save money.

Costs rise again in late March and April for the peak cherry blossom season and remain high throughout the spring and summer. For your best bet of scoring reasonably priced accommodations while also enjoying mild weather, aim to visit in September or October.

Best Times to Visit Tokyo Disneyland

Spring and autumn are generally the best, most temperate times of year to visit Tokyo Disneyland. It's worth avoiding weekends and national holidays — particularly Golden Week, which is one of the busiest periods at the theme park. The extreme heat in July and August can make it difficult to enjoy outdoor attractions. On the other hand, the temperatures rarely exceed 50 degrees in January and February, making those months less popular.

The period from mid-September through the beginning of December offers a combination of pleasant weather, thinner crowds, and seasonal entertainment. Spooky decorations and fall-themed events can be enjoyed in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Starting in November, the theme park celebrates the holiday season with its Christmas at Tokyo Disney Resort programming, which includes magical parades, characters in festive costumes, and heart-warming decorations that help offset the chill in the air.

Best Time to Visit Japan for Cherry Blossoms

If you're hoping to time your visit to Japan with the peak cherry blossom season, bear in mind that the bloom dates vary depending on the weather. The cherry blossom front — meticulously studied and broadcasted across the country — edges its way up, starting at the southernmost tip of Japan as early as January. The best times for cherry blossoms in Kyoto, Tokyo, and the surrounding regions are often from the last week of March to the first week of April. And for more northerly cities such as Sapporo? Don't expect to see any pink at least until May.

Best Times to Visit Japan for Food Lovers

Japan is a great destination for food lovers year-round — but it's also seasonal. So, if you have a favorite Japanese cuisine or ingredient, it's worth finding out when to visit to avoid missing out completely. Summertime treats include light, cool sōmen noodles, kakigōri shaved ice, and delicious unagi (eel); autumn is heaven for matsutake mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and sanma (Pacific saury); winter is all about warming nabe hot pots, citrus fruits, and kaki (persimmon); and spring goes hand in hand with sea bream, takenoko (bamboo shoots), and sakura mochi rice cakes.

Worst Times to Visit Japan

While there's no bad time to visit Japan, some months are worse than others, depending on your goals. If pleasant weather is a priority, avoid the rainy season, which typically runs from early June to mid-July throughout Japan (except in Okinawa, where it begins in May). This period is often preceded by extreme heat and humidity, with cities such as Tokyo and Kyoto being especially unbearable during the peak summer months of July and August.

Those looking to save money and avoid crowds should steer clear of Golden Week, which runs from the end of April to the beginning of May. This is when many domestic travelers take their holidays, so expect higher prices, less availability at hotels, and larger crowds.


Japan in June: Weather, Festivals, and Travel Tips For Tourists

Japan in June: If you’re considering a trip to Japan, June is not the best time to visit.

The country is lush and green, but it is the start of the rainy season, known as tsuyu.

This usually lasts from early June to mid-July, but the exact timing varies depending on the region.

While recent years have seen a dramatic decrease in the amount of rain, it’s something to be aware of.

However, this also means fewer tourists.

And there are still a ton of things you can do as we will explore.

Southern Regions

Fuji kawaguchi-ko herb festival, cherry blossom, shopping malls, overview of japan in june.

June is the beginning of summer in Japan.

It is a month with a lot of rainfall, and it is also known as the “month of water.”

The rainy season starts in June, and it sweeps upward through Japan.

The rainy season begins and ends earlier in the south and starts later and lasts longer in the north

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What’s the weather like in Japan in June?

Temperatures and humidity are high with average temperatures being in the upper 70s and low 80s. June is called minazuki traditionally, which means “month of water.”

If you plan to be outside during your vacation to Japan , summer is a nice time to go. The weather is warm, but not overly hot. It’s humid, and even though it’s the beginning of monsoon season, the rainy season usually brings reliable afternoon showers. Carrying an umbrella when going out will be a necessity.

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The weather is nice enough to enjoy the extensive walking tours, parks , temples , and gardens . Museums , aquariums , and shopping . Mount Fuji and its surrounding attractions are in full swing in June, making it a great time to visit.

What season is June in Japan?

June marks the beginning of summer in Japan . June in Japan is beautiful and colorful.

The beginning of June is typically sunny, and the rainy season starts around the second or third week of the month, which brings regular afternoon showers. The rainy season is called Tsuyu.

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What should I wear in June in Japan?

Long pants, flowy skirts, jeans, t-shirts, and thin outerwear paired with sneakers or sandals would be weather appropriate. The temperatures will be anywhere from 55-80 degrees Fahrenheit and you’ll likely encounter rain.

What do I need for a vacation to Japan in June?

An umbrella will be essential. The smaller compactable ones are convenient and easy to carry. Umbrellas and other weatherproofing items are available at almost any Japanese convenience store .

If you plan to walk through some tours, aquariums, or hike outdoors, you’ll want to bring a pair of comfortable shoes with you.

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A light jacket, preferably waterproof, will also be a wise addition to your suitcase since you’re likely to run into some afternoon showers during your stay. 

What flowers are in bloom in June?

The hydrangea blooms in the rainy season like the cherry blossoms bloom in the Spring. There are festivals , cities , temples, gardens, and other places dedicated to the hydrangea.

If you want to see hydrangeas on your visit to Japan, Kamakura City is well known for hydrangea.

The Iris is also popular, inspiring a festival of its own. The Lotus flower is a must-see for any garden or flower connoisseur.

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What parks are popular in June?

Yoyogi park hosts various events almost every weekend. These events include festival food , music , and historical festivals.

What temples are popular in June?

Meigetsu-in Temple in Kamakura City, also known as Ajisai-dera, meaning “the Hydrangea Temple” is busiest on the weekends during the rainy season.

Meigetsu-in Templ Official Website

Hase-dera, or Hase Temple is known to have over 40 kinds of hydrangeas. It’s also busy on the weekends during the rainy season. It’s less busy during the week in the mornings, the earlier you visit, the less crowded it will be.

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Hase-dera Temple Official Website

Jochiji Temple, ranked fourth among Kamakura’s five mountains, is a Buddhist Zen temple. It doesn’t have as many hydrangeas, but the alliance of the charming temple and the soft flowers makes it a site worth mentioning.

Jochiji Temple Official Website

Saiho-ji, or kokedera, is the moss temple. In most countries, especially western ones, moss is something gardeners try to eradicate, but in Japan, it’s embraced and cultivated. It can be tricky to get access to this temple, but it’s worth the try.

Saiho-ji Temple Official Website

What gardens are popular in Japan?

If you’re interested in visiting gardens in Japan, you’ll have a variety to choose from. Garden design is an art form in Japan, so you’ll find gardens with a variety of styles and purposes.

In June, hydrangeas steal the spotlight, even having exclusive gardens and festivals dedicated to them.

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If you’re looking for something different, you could try a karesausui, or a Japanese rock garden termed a zen garden. These gardens are great for a quiet meditative walk.

Kenrokuen is known for its two-legged lanterns, open year-round except for a small period of time for the new year when it’s closed during daylight. An admission fee is charged upon entry.

If you visit the Kenrokuen garden, visit the well- Kanazawa . The teahouse is the oldest building in the garden.

Karasaki Pine was planted by the 13th lord Nariyasu from Karasaki. This garden has a rich history and even richer scenery, making it worth a visit.   

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If you’re in or near Tokyo , you could visit Sankien. This garden features a pond central to the park, and historic buildings transferred across the country.

What festivals happen in June?

Sanno Matsuri, or Festival, is one of the three greatest Edo period festivals in Tokyo. This festival is an 11-day celebration.

Sanno Matsuri Via Go Tokyo Official Site

On one main day of the event, a large procession of portable shrines and carriers in costumes make their way through central Tokyo .

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Yosakoi Soran Matsuri is a dance festival featuring traditional folk dance and music. This festival takes place in Sapporo City.

Yosakoi Soran Matsuri Official Site

Hokkaido Shrine Festival or Sapporo Festival happens in mid-June for 3 days. It consists of special events, stalls, attractions, and a large parade on the last day.

Hokkaido Shrine Festival Via Hookaido Guide

This festival celebrates the shrine and rededicates it to celebrate and honor the goddess of the sun and the universe (Amaterasu).

Fussa Firefly Festival is a summer celebration. Good, drink, stalls, and over 500 fireflies make a magical summer evening in June.

Fussa Firefly Festival Via Go Tokyo

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Tsukiji Lion Festival or Shishi Matsuri is an event held once every 2-3 years at Namiyoke Shrine. It features a parade through the area with portable shrines and lion heads.

Tsukiji Lion Festival Via Go Tokyo

Shaved ice or kakigori is a popular summer festival treat found at many stands.   Another treat of the trade is fairy floss (rainbow cotton candy).

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What if I want to avoid the rainy season?

If you’d like to go to Japan but you aren’t a fan of the rainy season, you can visit Northern Japan. In Hokkaido , you can enjoy the mild but beautiful summer, skipping the rain in favor of events, festivals, sights, and wonderful food.

Another option would be to travel to Okinawa . The rainy season has usually passed over Okinawa already. It’s warm and sunny with lots of beaches , temples, and excellent Okinawan dishes .

What kind of foods should I eat while I visit Japan?

In late spring and early summer, Matcha products are in season. There are Matcha dessert buffets during the season with an all-you-can-eat style.

If you’re interested in the experience, there are popular maid cafes where you’ll be served by maids. There is an attraction called Robot Restaurant .

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If you love ramen, you’ll want to try it while you visit. Ramen is an everyday item of the Japanese diet. If you want to learn how to make your own, you could also consider visiting a Ramen workshop.

When one thinks of the cuisine found in Japan, one of the staples is sushi . Whether you eat it conveyer belt style , order yours and wait, or you take a sushi class, it’s a must when you’re visiting Japan any time of year.

If you have no idea where to start, but you’re a foodie, you might want to consider a food tour. You’ll get insider information on all the great restaurants and learn information other tourists may never know.

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If you’re interested in how to cook great Japanese foods at home, or preparing them for your friends, you can try cooking classes on a variety of Japanese cuisine .

Why should I travel to Japan in June?

There are fewer tourists in Japan in June, and that means you can see more, do more, and do it more affordably.

Hotels are going to have more availability, lines will be shorter at attractions, and traveling to the attractions should take less time than it would in peak season.

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Hydrangeas are one of the centerpieces of the rainy season, even inspiring several hydrangea festivals. The Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival is just one example.  

Another popular reason to visit is for all the outdoor hiking and exploring options. One popular activity in June is canyoning, and some tours are in English so foreigners can also enjoy the activities.

Canyoning includes activities like rock jumping, water rafting, and more!

What else can I do in Japan In Early Summer?

Hiking trails and walking gardens are prevalent in the culture of Japan , and they make for a great tourism experience as well. On the Kumano Kodo Trail, you can stay in traditional guesthouses, hike, and experience the beauty of nature in Japan.

Soaking in a hot spring or onsen , commonly an onsen, which is a hot spring with a bathing facility. They’re found all over, and they’re usually separated by gender.

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It may be unfamiliar and uncomfortable when you find out that the onsens and their indoor counterparts sentos are communal baths. Everyone gets naked, and nobody cares what you look like. It’s a natural part of Japanese culture.

Photo booths are quick memorable experiences, often found in arcades. These generally cost about 400 yen, so even budget travelers can enjoy them for years to come.

Tea ceremonies, ramen, and nature are a large part of Japanese culture, among other staples. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, rain or shine.

Japan In June

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10 Best Things to Do in Japan in June

If you are going to visit Japan in June , but don’t know what to expect, then this post will show you where to go and experience the best things to make your trip memorable.

June is the start of summer in Japan. It is traditionally called Minazuki (the month of water), meaning it gets more rain than any other month. The rainy season (tsuyu) begins in June, and lasts until mid July. Though, in the southern part of Japan, like in Okinawa and the southern part of Kyushu , the rainy season arrives in May.

In Japan, the only region that is not affected by the rainy season is Hokkaido.  

Those who can deal with the rain, June can be a perfect time of year to visit Japan. The temperatures and weather seem not too hot & humid like in July and August. Average temperature in June is between 25.7 °C and 29.6 °C, except in the northern part of Japan.

Now, let’s see some of the amazing things you can do only in June in Japan.

1. Visit Hydrangeas Spots

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Known as Ajisai in Japanese, Hydrangea is a popular flower in Japan. This flower blooms during the rainy season in June and July. It is often regarded as the symbol of the Japanese rainy season. Hydrangeas come in a variety of colors which include blue, purple, pink and red.

There are many renowned places to see hydrangeas across Japan – Hakusan shrine in Tokyo, Hasedera in Kamakura , Hondoji in Matsudo, Shimoda Park in Shizuoka, Mimurotoji in Kyoto, Hakone Tozan Railway in Hakone to name a few.

The Hakone Tozan Railway is Japan’s oldest mountain railway, and one of the most scenic train rides in the country. Whenever you go to Hakone you should ride the Hakone Tozan Railway to enjoy the scenery at a leisurely speed.

A lot of hydrangeas bloom along the railway around mid-June, offering visitors a memorable ride. While riding on the train, they gaze at those colorful hydrangeas and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

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Anyone interested in spectacular scenery should consider visiting one of those aforementioned places. In fact, there are more hydrangea spots than those, which are worth a visit!

For example, if you go to Kamakura’s Hasedera temple, make sure to stop by Meigetsuin , another must-see hydrangea spot in Japan.

Tokyo itself boasts a number of famous hydrangea festivals. Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri (hydrangea festival) is considered the biggest ajisai festival in the city, attracting thousands of visitors every year in mid June.

Admire the beauty of hydrangea flowers and make sure you plan wisely so you can escape the rain and enjoy the blossoms on a sunny day.

2. Discover Hokkaido

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Hokkaido is a perfect place to visit in Japan in summer. Unlike Tokyo, Kyoto and other parts of Japan, Hokkaido’s summer weather is very pleasant and the rainy season is absent there.

Many different kinds of summer flowers bloom throughout the region. If you come to Hokkaido in June, make sure you visit most of its national parks. There you will have a high chance of exploring Hokkaido’s unspoiled nature.

Visit Shiretoko National Park , a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site is famous for its rich ecosystem, including wildlife and stunning views of mountains, forests, lakes, waterfalls, cliffs and rocks.

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The peak season for lavender is July in Furano and Biei . This does not mean you will not enjoy views of other flower fields in those areas.

There are plenty of outdoor activities waiting for you, including trekking, cycling , river rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and so on.

Feel the cool summer breeze, and admire the beautiful surroundings while engaging in various outdoor activities. Doing so there is always a high chance you will feel very privileged to experience incredible views of Daisetsuzan Mountain Range .

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Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido celebrates its yearly summer festival in June, known as YOSAKIO Soran Festival .

It is an energetic dance festival, where dancers wear colorful costumes and perform flawless dances. You can expect to see many wonderful live performances during the festival.

Held every year in mid-June, another festival in Sapporo you don’t want to miss experiencing is Hokkaido Jingu Festival . Enjoy the parade, featuring portable shrines (mikoshi) and floats, and try the delicious street food from bustling stalls.

You can visit Wakkanai, which works as a perfect getaway to explore two beautiful islands of Hokkaido, known as Rishiri Island and Rebun Island . Both islands can be visited by ferry on a day trip from Wakkanai city.

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These islands are famous for seeing alpine flowers from June to August, with some very unique varieties that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Both islands also offer trekking, hiking and cycling trails for visitors to enjoy the surroundings.

Please keep in mind, Hokkaido is vast, and summer here is one of the best times to visit its iconic attractions, which can’t be explored in winter.

There are endless discoveries in Hokkaido, make sure you plan wisely based on what you want to see and experience in June.

Want to know more about Hokkaido’s incredible scenic spots? Check this out !

3. Is Okinawa worth a visit in June?

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The rainy season begins in Honshu around early June, but in Okinawa the season reaches its peak in June. It ends by around the third week of the month.

June can be unpredictable in Okinawa, though; it is a good time to discover its beautiful sandy beaches, museums, cuisine, and indoor activities.

July is the prime beach season in Okinawa and gets extremely busy from early July as it is considered the best beach holiday destination in Japan. You will enjoy your beach holiday here with fewer crowds in late June.

You can get cheaper accommodation deals and save some money to spend on buying awesome souvenirs.

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Spend some really good time enjoying the beautiful sea creatures at Churaumi Aquarium . Part of Ocean Expo Park, this is the best aquarium in Japan, and one of the best aquariums in the world.

One of the main highlights of this aquarium is the Kuroshio Tank , one of the biggest tanks on earth, which contains a wide variety of species, including the giant whale sharks and manta rays .

No doubt, this place should be at the top of your list for your Okinawa trip if you want to experience the marine life of the Okinawa islands.

In addition, don’t forget to visit Okinawa’s historic sites, such as Shuri Castle, and the Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Peace Hall. You can’t talk about history in Okinawa without paying homage to these historical landmarks.

4. Admire the view of Mt. Fuji and visit Oishi Park & Yagizaki Park for lavender

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There is really no good time to see Mt. Fuji as long as the day you visit is clear and sunny. It hurts when you fail to see the mountain. Every visitor to Japan dreams of seeing Mt. Fuji at least once in their lifetime. 

June is a great time to see Mount Fuji. July is when the official climbing season starts, but you don’t have to climb the mountain to admire its beautiful shape. Do you?

Stop by some of the most popular Mt. Fuji viewing spots and your job is done. Kawaguchiko area is one of the most popular places in Yamanashi Prefecture, from where you can enjoy incredible views of Mt. Fuji.

Located on the north side of Lake Kawaguchi, Oishi Park is a great sight to behold. Along with Yagizaki Park it hosts Fujikawaguchiko Herb Festival , held from mid June to early July every year. Admire purple lavender flowers with the stunning view of Mt Fuji in the distance.

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Before you reach Oishi Park, you can make a stop at Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway for a different view of the mountain from its observatory, located near the peak of Mount Tenjo.

Besides, take a walk along the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi and see how incredible Mt. Fuji can be seen with the lake in the foreground. Make sure your phone is completely charged.

Take the Omni Bus Red Line from Kawaguchiko station to get to these spots, and you are all set!

If you come to Lake Kawaguchi from Tokyo via Otsuki Station on the Fujikyuko line , don’t forget to get off at Shimoyoshida Station.

From here you take a short walk to Chureito Pagoda in Arakurayama Park for an epic view of Mount Fuji in combination with the five-storied red Pagoda.

5. Visit Japan’s Top Iris Gardens

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In many parts of Japan, iris flowers (shobu) bloom in abundance. For example, Mizumoto Park in Tokyo hosts its yearly iris festival in June, featuring 14,000 irises of 80 different kinds. Japanese irises in this park are quite enjoyable to watch.

In Japan, irises start blooming from early June and you can be spotted until mid-July. Without question this significant Japanese flower marks the start of summer.

If you think the rainy season in Japan has nothing much to offer then you are wrong. In fact, irises and hydrangeas become the most beloved flower in this season, making many parks and gardens across Japan quite popular.

Even though Hokkaido does not get affected by the rainy season, you can still see irises there, especially at Hakko Gakuen Iris Garden in Sapporo city . This is perhaps the most popular iris garden in Hokkaido.

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Admire rows of beautiful hana shobu (Japanese iris) here, and enjoy lovely summer weather, which is not hot and humid like Tokyo.

Suigo Sawara Ayame Park in Chiba Prefecture is another great place to see irises in Japan. Approximately 1.5 million irises grow here in this botanical garden. There are about 400 species of iris plants you can find that you would like to photograph.

If you are looking for an activity that makes your trip unforgettable, enjoy a boat cruise there. During the iris festival in June, many visitors enjoy the display of vivid irises from the boat.

This article lists Japan’s best iris gardens. Be sure you read that and see their locations.

6. Spend more time on Indoor Activities

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Rain may ruin your outdoor activities. Can you go on a hike when it rains a lot? No, you can’t do that, and it is dangerous. Thankfully, it can’t prevent you from having some good time on indoor activities.

Though we believe taking a pleasant walk in a garden while it rains is a magical experience. As long as you have an umbrella you can do anything! So, make sure you carry an umbrella, and if possible wear a rain coat.

Walking in the rain in spring is also a magical experience in Japan. Take a look at this and you will want to do it!

During the rainy season , people there tend to visit museums, aquariums, theaters, arcades, shopping malls, art galleries, karaoke bars, cafés, VR spots, and many more.

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If you want to experience some interesting cultural activities that tourists really like to do then attend a Japanese tea ceremony, or participate in a Japanese cooking class.

Many also prefer taking a day trip to an onsen town . It is not a lie that people in Japan experience an onsen bath even in the summer. And doing it in June is much better than doing it in July and August, when the summer is in full swing.

Dai-ichi Takimotokan in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido features one of the best onsen baths in Japan.

When you are in Tokyo during the rainy days, we recommend you some really good places to spend your time, such as MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless, teamLab Planets TOKYO, Kabukiza in Ginza for Kabuki performance , Nezu Museum, Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno Park.

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Besides, if you plan on traveling in and around Tokyo with babies and kids, consider visiting these family-friendly sites – Sunshine Aquarium, Kamogawa Sea World, Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa, Studio Ghibli Museum, Nakano Broadway, Saniro Puroland, Tokyo Joypolis , and so on.

In addition, go to JR Shinjuku Station, the busiest train station in Japan, and roam around to experience something joyful. Visit its large shopping malls, and restaurants – you will then realize how time flies so fast.

Tohoku’s largest open-air stadium belongs to Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium in Sendai City. Here you can see a wide range of marine life and live performances of dolphins and sea lions.

Interact with sea creatures and count how many marine animals you have known/seen before that live in those big tanks.

There is a lot to love about Kansai region of Japan . Three great destinations in this part of Japan are Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara.

You will find plenty of indoor activities there, but three museums there are not to be missed, Kyoto National Museum, Nara National Museum, and The National Museum of Art, Osaka .

7. Miyajima – Hiroshima’s most beautiful destination

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Hiroshima is a historic place and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. This historic place in the Chugoku region of Japan boasts a number of breathtaking spots including the most iconic Miyajima (Itsukushima) , an island where the floating torii gate of Itsukushima is found.

It is hot and humid in Miyajima in July and August, but surprisingly not in June. So it is a great opportunity to discover the island’s stunning old treasures and nature.

Though June can be rainy, you must consider visiting Miyajima because it does not rain every day. Even if it does rain, it will not be raining all day long. Try visiting the island from early to mid June then going there in late-June.

The beauty of the floating torii gate is always appealing no matter what time of year you see it. So is the Five-storied Pagoda (about 27 meters)! These two structures are an important part of Itsukushima Shrine , the shrine on the water, which was originally built in 593 AD.

This mysterious shrine has been the main attraction of this island for decades. At night it is illuminated gorgeously, allowing visitors to see a different view than what they see on day.

It is highly recommended to stay a night on the island. We recommend this hotel , providing great views of the Pagoda and shrine.

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The island has so much to discover except the shrine and its nearby attractions. At the foot of Mt. Misen you will find a Buddhist Temple named Daisho-in Temple , another interesting landmark which is worth exploring.

From the temple’s grounds, there is a hiking trail leading towards the summit of Mount Misen. This trail is much easier than the other two – Momijidani hiking trail and Omoto hiking trail.

If you really want to hike up the mountain on foot, take the Daisho-in hiking trail. Alternatively, the easiest option you have is Miyajima Ropeway , though from its upper station you still need to walk for a while to reach the summit.

The summit offers an observatory, from which you can enjoy spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea and Hiroshima city.

In addition, don’t forget to spend your time exploring Omoto Shrine, Tahoto Pagoda, Miyajima Public Aquarium, Momijidani Park, and Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street.

When you are in the city of Hiroshima, I highly recommend you to pay a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Shukkei-en Garden, Hiroshima Castle and Mitaki-dera Temple .

8. Celebrate the Summer Festivals of Tokyo

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Tokyo celebrates a number of famous summer festivals in June and July. Moreover, it is actually surprising to know how many incredible attractions can be found in Tokyo. You will always be glad to discover something new there.

Sanno Matsuri is held at Hie Shrine, Tokyo in mid-June in even-numbered years, and is considered one of the three greatest festivals from the Edo period alongside the Kanda Festival and Fukagawa Festival.

During the festival, visitors can watch parades in which portable shrines (mikoshi) are being carried around the city and listen to music.

On the other hand, you can see Tokyo’s biggest mikoshi (portable shrine), weighing nearly four tons, during Torigoe Festival (Torikoe Matsuri) in mid-June every year. This is a 3-day festival, and is the key event on the festival calendar for Torigoe Shrine.

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Everyone wants to take a look at this huge portable shrine while the main procession takes place in the evening.

On the final day, it is carried through the Asakusa neighborhood surrounded by traditional lanterns on poles, and back to the shrine. Many food stalls can be seen out on the streets surrounding the shrine.

Anyone interested in history and Japanese culture should experience these two summer festivals in mid-June. They are worth checking out.

There are so many places to visit in Tokyo, and it is a place you never tire of visiting. Fussa city is located in the western part of Tokyo, where in June you will see a firefly event at Hotaru Park. It is known as Fussa Hotaru (firefly) Matsuri .

Imagine walking in the park while hundreds of fireflies flying around and lighting up the night with their magical glow! Indeed fireflies look absolutely pretty as they shine in the forest at night. You will see this sort of scenery at Hotaru Park in June.

9. Enjoy Nagoya’s Atsuta Matsuri

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Every year on June 5th , Atsuta Festival is held at Atsuta Jingu Shrine , an important Shinto shrine in Japan, located in Nagoya city. The festival includes Shinto rituals, traditional performances, food stalls, and an impressive fireworks display at night.

This 1,900 year old Shinto shrine enshrines the sun Goddess Amaterasu and stores the Sacred Sword Kusanagi of the Emperor, one of the three Imperial regalia.

Throughout the day you will find a number of traditional Japanese art forms, such as Atsuta Kagura (a traditional shinto dance with music), Taiko drumming , Sumo wrestling, Kyudo (archery), Kendo, and other forms of Japanese martial arts.

Among these you would particularly enjoy Atsuta Kagura , the dance performed with Japanese flutes and drums.

Besides, in the morning around 10:00 AM, priests along with the Emperor’s messenger perform a special ceremony dedicated to the gods and goddesses of the shrine.

The five Kento Makiwara , large floats decorated with 365 lanterns, are perhaps the main highlight of this festival. They are lit up in the evening and placed at the three entrances to the shrine.

If you are in Nagoya on June 5th, you must experience this early summer festival. In fact, this is one of the good reasons why you should visit Nagoya in early June. And it is worth checking out!

10. Food to try

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Kakigori, shaved ice dessert, is a must-try food in summer in Japan . To be honest, there are more to sample along with other traditional dishes.

Japan is a perfect destination for many foodie travelers, and now we will guide you what to eat in Japan during summer.

Japan is home to a huge array of delicious local eats with many restaurants and street vendors. If you ever plan on visiting Japan during the rainy season or summer’s peak months, try Kakigori, Hiyashi Chuka, Somen, Yakitori, Grilled Unagi, Rei Shabu, Morioka Reimen, Mizu Yokan, and of course Ramune, soda that comes in many different flavors.

is it good to visit japan in june

Everyone likes eating Kakigori ! There are many shops that sell it including coffee shops, convenience stores, restaurants, and food stalls during festivals throughout Japan. Finding kakigori is super easy!

Check the menu before you order the right one as there are so many different flavors and syrups to choose from.

Have you tried Hiyashi Chuka ? It is a refreshing cold ramen with a number of different fresh toppings. Chuka Soba Mitaka is a great restaurant in Mitaka, Tokyo to sample this; it is tasty and fun, and we absolutely love this place!

If you go to Morioka city in Iwate, make sure to try its famous Morioka Reimen .

This is a list of food locals prefer eating in summer. We recommend you try other Japanese traditional food as well. If you come to Hokkaido at any time of year, be sure to eat Hokkaido Ramen (Miso, Shio, Shoyu), Soup curry and Jingisukan .

The food culture in Hokkaido is very rich, and to prove it to you, we suggest you visit Sapporo in September and explore its famous food festival called Sapporo Autumn Fest !

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  • Japan In June: An Ultimate Guide For An Astounding Vacation In 2024

23 Mar 2023

Japan is a dream destination for many. Presenting a stark and interesting contrast of culture, along with an almost unfair abundance of natural beauty, Japan is truly a fascinating country. Add to that the presence of (perhaps) the World’s most advanced tourist support infrastructure, you get an ideal holiday destination.

Speaking of holiday destinations, there always seems to be an “ideal” time to visit them, which usually is also the peak tourist season. Meaning, large crowds and expensive everything. For those reading this article, in the case of Japan, June is far from being the peak season. However, the reason is that the rainy season in Japan starts around this time.

So can you still visit Japan in June ? Let’s learn a little bit more about the Japanese weather during the month of June to answer this question.

Japan Weather In June

June marks the start of monsoon showers in Japan. The season is mostly associated with regular showers and gloomy days, making it an unpopular season for tourists. With that said, there are certain misconceptions associated with the Japanese rainy season that prevent many travelers from exploring the country’s charm during this off season month.

Firstly, contrary to popular belief, the rainy season in Japan does not bring about continuous showers. While they are extremely probable on most days, there are still a few sunny days that are perfect for exploration. However, even on these days, the humidity levels are on the higher side of the spectrum.

Similarly, another little known fact about the Japanese monsoon is that it is not equally severe in all cities. Sure, major tourist cities like Tokyo and Kyoto do get a considerable amount of rainfall, but there are offbeat cities like Hokkaido and Okinawa.

Finally, as everyone may agree, no trip to Japan is complete without spending at least a couple of days in Tokyo and Kyoto. If you plan on visiting these cities in June, you won’t be disappointed as both these cities have some truly remarkable indoor experiences to keep you intrigued while you wait for the sun to shine.

Why You Should Visit Japan In June

Why You Should Visit Japan In June

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The foremost reason for visiting any place during the off-season is the cheap prices of flights and accommodation options. Moreover, if you are planning to take our advice to visit Hokkaido, June is the perfect time to do so.

During this month, Hokkaido is experiencing its best weather, while the hordes of local tourists are still waiting for their children’s summer holidays to start, making June the best time to visit Hokkaido.

6 Best Festivals To Attend In Japan In June

There are a number of local festivals to look forward to in Japan, during the month of June. Some of these are:

1. Agata Festival

Watch The Sumidagawa Fireworks

The Agata Festival takes place in Kyoto on the evening of June 5th. The festival lasts overnight and is believed to help the locals drive away evil. It involves a grand parade, along with a ritual called bonten mawashi. In this ritual, parade participants carrying a bonten (an oblong piece of wood with attached pieces of paper) wave it in the darkness. Whoever catches a piece of paper is believed to be blessed with good luck and a powerful charm that drives evil away.

City: Kyoto Dates: June 5

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2. Rice Planting Festival

Rice Planting Festival

Rice is the staple food of Japan and the monsoon season brings about the flooding rainfall required to grow rice. Thus, this time is celebrated in Osaka with the Rice Planting Festival. The 1700 year old festival is celebrated when 12 women plant rice seedlings in the Sumiyoshi Shrine’s paddy field in the presence of folk music and rice planting songs.

City: Osaka Dates: 14 June

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3. Enshu Hamakita Hiryu Matsuri

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The festival that celebrates fire, water, and sound, the Enshu Hamakita Hiryu Matsuri festival honors the god of Tenyu River in Hamamatsu City. The festival is a true spectacle with a fire festival featuring a flying dragon’s head, kite flying (locally known as Takoage) and several performances of Japanese Drums, locally known as Taiko.

City: Hamamatsu City Dates: First Weekend Of June

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4. Sapporo Festival Of Hokkaido Shrine


A four day festival held in the sunny city of Hokkaido, this festival involves a grand parade near the Hokkaido Shrine. The parade of four palanquins and eight decorated flags begins at Toyohira-koen Station and travels to Odori Park.

City: Hokkaido Dates: 14-16 June

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5. Ittoman Hare

Dragon Boat Racing

The term “hare” translates to dragon boat racing, a celebratory sport in Japan. While Okinawa hosts several “hare” throughout the year, Itoman Hare is the most revered event. A festival that holds great importance among fishermen in Okinawa, the Ittoman Hare is celebrated to pray for safe sailing and good catches.

City: Okinawa Dates: Mid-June

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6. Aizen Festival

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A festival dedicated to celebrating Aizen Myo-oh, a great Buddhist guardian God, Aizen Festival is one of the three major summer festivals celebrated in Osaka. While the festival is a grand spectacle in itself, it also has a very interesting history attached to it. Throughout the history of Japan, actors, actresses, and prostitutes have worshipped Aizen Myo-oh for charms and popularity. The Geisha parade, called Houkago, is so popular that thousands of locals turn up to watch it.

City: Osaka Dates: 30 June to 2 July

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7. Hydrangea Festival

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Hydrangea is an exotic Japanese flower that is associated with the arrival of the rainy season in Japan. Since the rains are an important part of many aspects of the Japanese way of life, the blooming of the delightful Hydrangea Flowers is celebrated in the country widely. The most famous Hydrangea Festival is held in Bunkyo, and is known as the Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival.

City: Bunkyo

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Top 5 Places To Visit In Japan In June

Let’s begin by looking at a list of places you can visit in Japan in June:

Awesome view of beach

Okinawa is a famed holiday destination among the Japanese, and for good reason. The expansive beaches boasting views of blue ocean waters. June is the perfect time to visit Okinawa as by this time, the rains have receded from the region and sunny days become regular.

Moreover, since July is the peak tourist season for Okinawa, travelers can avoid the crowds and enjoy cheaper hotel and flight fares by paying Okinawa a visit in June.

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2. Hokkaido

Hokkaido view

As mentioned earlier, Hokkaido is the one rare Japanese city that remains dry throughout the year. Home to some of the biggest summer festivals in the country, Hokkaido is another popular holiday destination among the Japanese. Similar to Okinawa, the peak tourist season for Hokkaido starts in July, so visiting before that can prove to be extremely advantageous.

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3. Rishiri And Rebun Islands

Rishiri And Rebun Islands

Rishiri and Rebun Islands are two small islands off the coast of Okinawa. The islands are home to a collection of remarkable hikes, spellbinding views, and some rare alpine flowers that only start blooming in June.

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4. Sunshine Aquarium, Tokyo


Only because you are visiting the other (more sunny) prefectures of Japan doesn’t mean you can’t have fun during your time in Tokyo. Among the many things to do and see in the marvellous city, Sunshine Aquarium is a must visit. While the aquarium houses some exotic aquatic species, the special thing about it is that it is situated on the tenth floor of a high rise building in Tokyo.

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Nagano, a small town close to Tokyo is home to some fantastic hikes and mountain trails that experience relatively less rainfall than neighbouring cities. For adventure lovers, Nagano can prove to be the ideal break from the pouring Tokyo rain.

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3 Best Things To Do In Japan In June

Planning to visit Japan in June? Let’s check out the best things to do during this time.

1. Visit The Digital Arts Museum

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Mesmerising digital arts experience of Digital Arts Museum cannot be expressed in words. As they say, you have to see it to believe it. Regardless of the month you’ve chosen for your Japan visit, Digital Arts Museum is a must have on your itinerary.

Where: Tokyo Timings: Mon to Thurs 11:00–19:00 Fri & Holiday Eve 11:00–21:00 Sat 10:00–21:00 Sun & Holiday 10:00–19:00 Entry Fee: Rs 2100 (approx) for adults and Rs 650 (approx) for children

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2. Visit A Japanese Museum

 Japanese Museum

Museums are a popular way to spend some leisurely hours in Japan. Not to forget, museums are also a great way to escape the rain.In Tokyo alone, there are about 100 museums that have the potential to keep you occupied for days on end.

The Samurai Museum, Fire Museum, and the Mori Art Museum are some of the most noteworthy museums in Tokyo .

Where: All over Tokyo Timings: Variable Entry Fee: Variable

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3. Experience Authentic Japanese Karaoke

Experience Authentic Japanese Karaoke

Another popular activity among the locals and the unique karaoke bars in Japan are extremely different from any karaoke bar that you have been to. Top Karaoke bars in Tokyo include the Robot Restaurant, Maid Cafe, and Pachinko.

Where: All over Japan Timings: Variable Entry Fee: Free

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As you can see, there is no dearth of things to do or see in Japan in June. The country is filled to the brim with natural, man-made and cultural marvels that are just waiting to delight visiting travelers. With favorable flight and hotel prices, June is perhaps the best month to experience Japan is you are on a tight budget.

Need help with planning your trip to Japan in June? We’ve answered the most common questions to get you started:

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Frequently Asked Questions About Japan In June

When is the peak tourism season in Japan?

The peak season in Japan runs throughout the year. From cherry blossom months to Autumn foliage season, Japan has a different charm during different seasons. With that said, the country sees a spike of tourists during the winter months of December and January.

How do I get around within Japan?

The Japanese public transport system is one of the most advanced transport systems on the planet, and extremely easy to navigate. Not to forget, choosing to travel by trains and buses will be much more pocket-friendly than hiring private cabs.

Are there any Japanese customs I should be aware about?

The Japanese society is known for its peculiar customs and not being aware about them and not following them can be considered rude. Customs like bowing or shaking hands, table manners, and code of conduct for local attires are very important to the Japanese people, and thus, are worth looking into before you visit their country.

How much does a trip to sunshine aquarium cost?

The entry to Sunshine Aquarium costs about Rs. 1300 for adults and about Rs. 650 for minors. Please note that these prices are approximate figures determined with the help of currency conversion rates.

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Top 15 Things To Do In Japan In June 2024

If you’re planning a trip to Japan this June then here are fun things to do in Japan in June that you must definitely add to your Japan itinerary! Check it out!

Having navigated Japan’s seasonal tapestry for years, June holds a special place in my heart.

Let me paint you a picture: hydrangeas blushing through rainy whispers, Mount Fuji cloaked in emerald robes, and the vibrant pulse of summer festivals.

Dive into Okinawa’s coral kingdoms, savor chilled ramen beneath neon skies, or conquer Hokkaido’s untamed landscapes. Trust me, June’s Japan is a kaleidoscope waiting to be explored.

So pack your raincoat, sunscreen, and sense of wonder. June’s Japan awaits, whispering secrets in the rustling bamboo groves.

What To Do In Japan in June?

Admire the elegant hydrangea flower.

Ajisai (Hydrangea) is a symbol of the rainy season in Japan.

In order to celebrate the beauty of this flower, numerous events take place in Japan in June.

Hydrangea Japan

One of the best places to see the adorable hydrangea is Hakone, situated in the southwestern part of Kanagawa.

Now, imagine yourself taking instagram-able photos in this place, and suddenly it starts to rain.

As Hakone is renowned for its hot spring resorts, you can soak yourself in one and enjoy the view of rain pouring outside.

Hot onsen

Even you have the opportunity to catch a great view of Mount Fuji from anywhere in the city as Hakone is located in Fuji Hakone Izu National Park.

But, the actual beauty of this town is amplified when the hydrangea blossoms flourish in their pompom form in different colors.

One of the best ways to see thousands of bright hydrangeas is by riding the Hakone Tozan Line which provides picturesque views all year round.

Hydrangea Train

Apart from the flowers, you will also be able to see lush forests and clear mountains in mid-June.

It’s because various festivals take place in Tokyo in June, such as the Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival, organized in the Bunkyo ward (near the Ueno area).

Hydrangea at Ueno Park, Tokyo

During this month, over 3,000 flowers spread through the Hakusan Shrine to Harusan Park.

You can also visit Tokyo Summerland (in Akiruno City), Showa Memorial Park (in Tachikawa City), and Sumida Park near Asakusa to admire this flower and enjoy Tokyo’s natural getaways .

Go To Fussa City To Watch The Fireflies Glowing in The Dark

Fussa Firefly Festival is an anticipated fireflies event that has been arranged for a half-decade.


This feast takes place at Fussa City, the western suburbs of Tokyo.

It features over 500 fireflies flying around and glowing up the surroundings in the dark, creating a dreamland kind of scenery.

Firefly in dark

If you are coming to Japan with your family and kids, I suggest not missing such an opportunity to show your children something ethereal like this.

Also, many stalls sell street food and drinks, where you can taste some cuisines of Japan .

Anyway, the festival is usually held in mid-June, yet the date varies according to the weather.

So, I recommend you check the date beforehand.

Attend Sanno Matsuri

Sanno Matsuri or Sanno Festival is one of the three greatest festivals in Tokyo from the Edo period, together with Kanda Festival and Fukagawa Festival.

It is held at Hie Shrine in June during the even-numbered years alternating with the Kanda Matsuri (occurs in odd-numbered years) in May .

The celebration continues for 11 days (usually from 7th to 17th June).

On the main day, the feast features a large parade with numbers of portable shrines (Mikoshis) and traditionally dressed-up people going through Tokyo’s central area.

Another event that takes place in Hie Shrine on 30th June is the Oharae-shiki.

After entering the shrine, you will see a large ring on the ground.

Walking through this ring is considered as an act of purification in which visitors are allowed to take part.

Hence, if you want, you may participate with other people.

I suggest you visit their official website for both of the event’s latest updates.

Visit Hokkaido

Hokkaido is indeed one of the best cities in Japan to visit in June because neither the temperature of this city is too hot nor it rains a lot.

You can enjoy the cool breeze and sunny weather here.

Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, offers plenty of events and tourist attractions that you simply can’t afford to miss.

Here I am describing three things that Hokkaido has to offer you in June.

Yosakoi Soran Matsuri

One of the most energetic and powerful dance festivals in Japan in June is the Yosakoi Soran Festival, which has Soran Bushi folk music and traditional Yosakoi Dance.

About 300 teams with around 30,000 participants perform in this event.

This fiesta attracts nearly 2 million people every year, so you may guess how famous it is.

The dance teams consist of men and women of all ages, from students, homemakers to workers.

On each day of the event, different teams perform all over Sapporo from afternoon to evening.

They dance with full energy and put a lot of effort into it. They keep smiling throughout the performance and are always ready to pose for the photographs.

So, don’t forget to capture these precious moments on your camera.

Anyway, the best teams are chosen to perform on the final day on stage in Odori Park, where the event is telecasted.

Now, as the event days may change from time to time, you should check their official site beforehand.

But, don’t worry, it occurs in June, so you have the opportunity to attend it anyway.

Odori Park:

Hokkaido Shrine Festival

Hokkaido Shrine Festival, also known as Sapporo Festival, is a traditional Shinto event arranged in mid-June for three days (usually 14th, 15th, and 16th June).

You will find special events and various stalls lined around Nakajima Park during the celebration.

On the last day, a large parade including portable shrines and hundreds of traditional dressed-up people starts from Hokkaido Jingu Shrine and then goes through the city center.

Nakajima Park:

Hokkaido Jingu Shrine

Rishiri & Rebun Islands

If you want a peaceful natural hideaway from the city’s crowd, Rishiri & Rebun islands are your ultimate way out.

The breathtaking vistas of these two islands near the northern tip of Hokkaido are something out of a fantasy movie.

Rebun island

Just imagine yourself somewhere with eye-catching coastal views, landscapes with wild and green mountains, wildflowers spreading all around, small fishing villages, and signs of less civilization.

This is what these two islands represent.

You will find hiking trails from easy to adventurous, adding a new experience to your Japan journey.

Also, there are many itineraries where you can enjoy cycling with your friends.

Rebun island japan

Add a BBQ party with the delicacies from the sea, and you will have the perfect island experience.

And, of course, if you plan a one-week trip to Hokkaido in June, all of the three mentioned activities will keep you entertained throughout the course.

Enjoy An Outdoor Activity Like Canyoning in Japan in June

I know that many people don’t prefer it, but if you are someone who likes to drench in the splash of water, canyoning will be a great choice for you.

It is a popular activity in Japan during the summer season , which is not only fun but also daring.

You can go for activities like water rafting, sliding, rock jumping, slacklining, and many more.

Water rafting

There are many canyoning tours operated in English now so that foreign visitors can safely enjoy both nature and activities.

Okutama is a mountainous area located on the westside of Tokyo, which offers several outdoor activities like hiking and canyoning.

Valley of Okutama

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Visit The Okinawa Beaches

Another wonderful destination in June is Okinawa.

If you want to embrace the heat of summer with some cool beach breeze, then you must head to one of Okinawa’s beaches.

Okinawa Beach

Okinawa tends to be extremely busy from late June to July, but if you choose early June, you can actually escape the huge storms of people.

Visit The Churaumi Aquarium at Ocean Expo Park in Okinawa

You have plenty of other options, like visiting Churaumi Aquarium at Ocean Expo Park.

Churaumi Aquarium

The highlight of this aquarium is the Kuroshio Sea, which is a giant fish tank holding 7,500,000 liters of water with manta rays, whale sharks, and hundreds of other sea creatures swimming around freely.

Besides this, you can enjoy snorkeling and diving in the blue water of Okinawa’s beach or visit the Okinawa World that has a 300,000 years old limestone cave.

Limestone cave

Check out The Cape Manza in Onna Village, Okinawa

Another spectacular spot is Cape Manza, which is nestled around Onna Village on the northern side of Okinawa’s main island.

It is a 20m tall picturesque cliff facing the East China Sea that offers a panoramic view.

Cape Manza

In short, Okinawa has so much that you can easily spend the whole June here in terms of exploring everything.

Try Unique Japanese Food Like Kakigori, Cold Ramen and more

There are so many foods in Japan that are particularly great to eat in the summer heat.

One of my personal favorites is Kakigori which you may recognize as shaved ice.

Shaved Ice

It is extremely famous in summer, and from children to grown-ups, everyone loves to eat it.

Another popular food is Hiyashi Chuka, a fresh, flavorful cold ramen with various toppings.

Hiyashi Chuka

You can also try Rei-Shabu, Mizu Yokan (a dessert made of red bean paste), Yakitori (grilled skewed meat), and Nagashi somen (cold noodles that are pulled from bamboo slide).

Go To The Fuji Kawaguchiko Herb Festival at Oishi Park

One of the Fuji Five Lakes is Lake Kawaguchiko, which is the most accessible and famous one.

Several seasonal events take place around the lake throughout the whole year including, autumn leaves, cherry blossoms, and other flowers, attracting hundreds of tourists.

Fujisan Lavender

And, one of the most popular events is the Fuji Kawaguchiko Herb Festival that features lovely purple lavender flowers with the splendid view of Mount Fuji at the backdrop.

The festival is organized from mid-June to early July at Oishi Park nearby the lake, and you will find vendors selling local products, foods, and drinks. 

Attend The Agata Festival

On the evening of June 5, Kyoto will host the Agata Festival. The festival, which lasts all night, is said to aid the residents in warding off evil. It includes a large parade and the bonten mawashi rite. 

Participants in the rite wave a bonten, an oblong piece of wood with connected bits of paper, into the night. Catching a piece of paper is thought to bring good fortune and a strong charm that wards off evil.

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Enshu Hamakita Hiryu Matsuri

Enshu Hamakita Hiryu Matsuri

The Enshu Hamakita Hiryu Matsuri festival, which celebrates the god of the Tenyu River in Hamamatsu City, is a celebration of fire, water, and sound. The celebration is a true spectacle, comprising a fire festival with a dragon’s head that flies in the air, kite flying (known locally as Takoage), and Japanese drums performances known as Taiko. 

Celebrate Aizen Festival

One of the three main summer festivals observed in Osaka is the Aizen Festival, which honours the famous Buddhist guardian god Aizen Myo-oh.

is it good to visit japan in june

The event is a magnificent spectacle in and of itself, but it also has a fascinating history. 

Festival Aizen Matsuri a Osaka pic.twitter.com/wTcfsmvmQ7 — Albert Salvador (@asyuste) June 30, 2016

Actors, actresses, and prostitutes have venerated Aizen Myo-oh for charm and fame throughout Japan’s history. Houkago, the Geisha procession, is so well-liked that thousands of residents show up to witness it.

How Is The Weather in Japan in June?

The average temperature in Japan in June varies from region to region.

Here I am presenting a chart that will help you gain knowledge about the country’s overall weather condition throughout the month of June.

As you can see, the weather is rather warm throughout the country, with slightly higher temperatures in Okinawa and the southern prefectures.

If you visit Tokyo in June, your vacation will be pleasant. It will be warm yet not too hot.

And I think it will be a perfect time for visiting temples, parks, gardens, and enjoying the open air.

Depending on exactly when you visit Japan in June, you may have to deal with the rainy season.

The rainy season in Japan begins in June and continues until mid-July.

In Okinawa, the rainy season starts from around early May, and in Tokyo, Kyoto, & Osaka from mid-June.

What To Pack for Japan in June

  • Summer-appropriate dresses, light cotton tops, skirts.
  • Comfy sandals, shoes (if possible, avoid high heels), socks.
  • Sunglasses & hat.
  • Wet wipes, sunscreen, lip balm, and other skincare items.
  • Polo shirts, T-shirts & light cotton shirts.
  • Long & short pants.
  • Comfortable shoes, sandals, and socks.
  • Sunglasses, caps, a small towel, skincare items.

Besides the mentioned things, don’t forget to pack a small backpack which is easy to carry around.

It will be helpful if your backpack is waterproof, or you may bring a plastic bag to keep your necessary items inside so that if it suddenly rains, your things will stay dry.

And of course, add a raincoat or umbrella and even rain boots to your list.

Other things that you should not forget to add are-

  • Travel documents.
  • Mobile charger.
  • Power bank and other gadgets.
  • Toothbrush and travel-sized hand sanitizers.
  • Swimsuit (for beach day).

Travel Tips, Costs, & Crowds in Japan in June

June is a low travel season in several regions of Japan. That’s why many airlines, tour operators, and hotels offer great deals during this period.

However, the above statement doesn’t go with Okinawa & Hokkaido.

Foreign travelers and local Japanese people go to these two places, either to enjoy the heat (Okinawa) or to escape it (Hokkaido).

In late June, Okinawa’s peak tourist season starts as the rain tends to clear.

As a result, transportation and accommodation costs in Okinawa during this month are higher than most other times of the year.

In the other places of Japan, the humidity and heat are relatively high, yet it’s not a bad time to visit some urban areas like Shikoku, Honshu, and Kyushu.

But, make sure you have an umbrella or raincoat.

Also, I suggest planning your days wisely.

For example, spend time at museums, restaurants, and palaces in case it rains.

And, for other clear days, you may choose to travel to various outdoor tourist attractions and beaches that I already recommended to you.

Well, I think you are now fully prepared to explore Japan in June, including where to go, what to see, and what food items to taste.

So, It’s time to move to the closing part of today’s writing.

After going through all the distinct things to do in Japan in June, I hope you have no question remaining in your head regarding this topic.

Now it’s your turn to choose what to put on your list and what to ignore.

However, be assured that whatever you will end up doing, you won’t regret a bit of it at any cost.

Lastly, I hope for your well-being and bright smile.

Japan in June: FAQs

Is june a good time to travel to japan.

Although June is the beginning of the rainy season in Japan, it usually doesn’t rain day after day. On clear days, the temperature is nice for sightseeing and other outdoor activities. Therefore, June is still a good time to visit Japan for those who don’t mind a bit of rain. However, if you easily get annoyed by sudden pours, you may choose other seasons to come to Japan.

Is it worth going to Japan in June?

In June the days are clearer in Japan and overall it’s nice weather for sightseeing. While the humidity and heat is just starting to rise in Japan in June, it’s still not too hot. But you may experience a little bit of rain in the month of June in Japan. The average temperatures in June in Japan is between 9 °C (66°F) to 25°C (77°F)

Is Japan Cold in June?

In Japan, June is just the start of summer so while it’s not intensely hot yet it’s not cold either. You may see a little bit of rain. But the sun will be out most of the time and it’ll be a pleasant weather for sightseeing.

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Updated: May 17, 2023

Is June a good time to visit Tokyo?

June in Tokyo means the beginning of a fascinating time of year: the rainy season. Purple and blue hydrangeas that burst into bloom all over the city are among the visual highlights. With no shortage of events (both indoors and out), there's always a lot to do and see in Tokyo in June.

What is the weather like in Tokyo in June?

June in Tokyo brings the rainy season, a type of monsoon. The weather is warm and humid. The daily average temperature is 21.9°C, or about 71°F. The humidity makes it feel warmer, so dress lightly. There's plenty of sunshine, too, but don't forget an umbrella.

Best events, festivals, and other things to do in June

Beer gardens in tokyo.

One great way for those over 20 (the legal drinking age in Japan) to cool off is at beer gardens . Almost anywhere you look—from the rooftops of department stores, to the beach at Odaiba, and the outer garden of Meiji Jingu Shrine—you'll find beer gardens serving food and drinks. Eager to escape the city center? Head west to Mt. Takao and enjoy Mt. Takao Beer Mount .

is it good to visit japan in june

Sanno Festival (Sanno Matsuri)

Sanno Festival takes place in Akasaka, at Hie-jinja Shrine. Along with Kanda-matsuri Festival and Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri, it's known as one of the three great festivals of Edo. At this traditional festival, you can watch kagura dances with traditional musical accompaniment, and see a procession of children in costume. 

is it good to visit japan in june

Firefly festivals

Fireflies only appear around pristine bodies of water, and—if you're lucky—you can find some in Tokyo under the right conditions. From mid- to late June, Yuyake Koyake Fureai no Sato , located in Hachioji, hosts "Firefly Nights." For something slightly closer to central Tokyo, the theme park Yomiuriland also holds firefly events. Fussa Firefly Festival , as the name indicates, is a firefly festival in Fussa City. Visit on a warm, clear night for the best results. Fussa Firefly Festival : This event will not take place in 2023.

is it good to visit japan in june

Hydrangea festival (Ajisai matsuri)

Hydrangeas bloom in early summer, and they look stunning on a day of mist and gentle rain. Special festivals celebrate them, and perhaps the best known is Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival (Ajisai Matsuri), at Hakusan-jinja Shrine. Other festival locations include Takahata Fudoson Temple, Tokyo Summerland , and Showa Kinen Park .

is it good to visit japan in june

Japanese iris festival (Shobu matsuri)

Hydrangeas aren't the only floral stars in June—Japanese irises, too, look fabulous. These vibrant flowers can be seen in many colors at the Katsushika Iris Festival (Shobu Matsuri) held at Horikiri Shobuen Iris Garden and Mizumoto Park. You can also enjoy them at the Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens (near Tokyo Dome), Meiji Jingu's Inner Garden, and the Imperial Palace East Garden.

is it good to visit japan in june

Tokyo aquariums

Go with the flow and spend a rainy day inside at one of Tokyo's many aquariums! Experience the soothing atmosphere of Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa , located near Shinagawa Station, which is achieved with diverse light and sound displays that differs by season, and by time of day. Shinagawa Aquarium , near Omori Kaigan, has popular sea lion and dolphin shows. Other great choices include Sumida Aquarium , adjacent to TOKYO SKYTREE, as well as Sunshine Aquarium , on the roof of World Import Mart Building in Ikebukuro.

is it good to visit japan in june

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia

" Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia " is one of the largest international short film festivals in Asia, and is officially recognized by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2023, the festival will be held from Tuesday, June 6, to Monday, June 26, at several venues across Tokyo and online. This year's theme is "Unlock: Unlock cinema. Unlock yourself. Unlock the world." The festival hopes to help "unlock" us from preconceived notions and open the door to the future. There will be programming under the title "Unlock – Jumping into a New World" featuring a series of films depicting life after COVID-19. In addition, there will be a promotional video contest where viewers can vote using NFTs, and a storytelling seminar using VR. For the first time in three years, filmmakers will also be visiting Japan in person.

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Torikoe Festival

Spectators flock to see the mikoshi (portable shrine) parade at Torikoe Festival , an annual event that takes place in June near Asakusa in the old heart of Tokyo. Visitors can also enjoy evening lantern light-ups, and more.

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Best (and Worst) Time to Visit Japan 2024, Cherry Blossom Time

  • Best (and Worst) Time to Visit Japan 2024, Cherry Blossom Time

Japan is a year-round popular destination with four distinct seasons. Each season offers a variety of charming scenery and culture-rich events for you to enjoy.

The best times to visit Japan are in spring (March to May) for cherry blossoms and in autumn (September to November) for colorful foliage. Both periods have pleasant weather.

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The first trip to Japan mainly includes visits to the central three cities: Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. The following two weather and rainfall infographics are based on these three cities.

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Summer (June to August) is the rainny season in Japan. It is hot and humid, with an average high temperature of about 31°C (88°F), which can feel like 41°C (106°F). It is considered to be the worst time to visit Japan, but it doesn't rain every day so it doesn't really hinder travel.

Plenty of indoor activities, such as ninja experiences and sushi-making, also minimize the impact of rainfall and humid heat. Additionally, July and August are the festival seasons in Japan, making it a good time for families with kids to immerse themselves in authentic Japanese traditions.

June is a better time to travel for families compared to July and August, as it offers slightly cooler weather and fewer crowds (the official summer vacation in Japan begins in July).

Just contact us if you are thinking of a trip to Japan. We'd like to create a wonderful trip based on your needs and interests, whatever the weather.

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  • March to April: 10–18°C (50–64°F)

Cherry blossoms in spring (March to May) are Japan's most beautiful scenery, and you can admire them almost everywhere in Japan. They usually reach full bloom from late March to early April (March 24th to April 2nd), making the spring or Easter vacation the perfect time to travel to Japan.

If you want to avoid the large crowds and enjoy slightly lower prices in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka , the week before full bloom (around March 16th to 23rd) is your best time. Except for some trees where the cherry blossoms have not yet fully opened, the scenery during this time is almost as stunning as it is when the blossoms are in full bloom.

If you want to appreciate the cherry blossoms in April to early May with fewer crowds and lower costs , Hokkaido, the northernmost part of Japan, is an excellent destination for you. It is also the perfect place to experience Japanese indigenous culture. The best time to view cherry blossoms in Sapporo is in mid to late April (around April 15th to 20th).

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Hotels around popular attractions are always booked up quickly, contact us at least 3 months in advance to have the best chance of room availability and choice.

1) May is the transitional month from spring to summer in Japan. It's warmer and has clear days, with an average temperature of 15–23°C (58–73°F). It is advisable to avoid Japan's "Golden Week" public holiday from April 29th to May 5th. After May 7th, it is a perfect time to travel as the crowds and travel costs decrease.

2) September and October are cooler months in Japan , the average temperature range from 18-25°C (64-77°F). While there are about ten rainy days in September, there are very few visitors during this time. In October, the number of sunny days increases, and it is also when the maple leaves start turning red, creating beautiful autumn scenery.

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Winter (December to February) is considered the cheapest time to visit Japan, except during Christmas and New Year. It is cold and dry, with an average daily high of 10°C (50°F). It is not too cold to travel, making it the ideal time to relax in the hot springs at a Japanese-style ryokan inn and take in the unique scene of snow monkeys.

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January and February: Cold and Dry

  • Average temperature: 2–10℃ (36–50°F)
  • Average rainfall: 70 mm (3 in)

January and February in Japan have cold weather with more clear days, but it is not too cold to travel. Top experiences in Japan in winter include soaking in hot springs, watching snow monkeys bathing in onsen hot springs, appreciating gassho-zukuri farmhouses (their steep thatched roofs named after 'praying hands' are extremely charming when covered in snow and illuminated during winter nights), and skiing in Hokkaido.

Festivals and events: New Year is the most important festival in Japan in January. You could experience a bell-ringing ceremony at a shrine to pray for luck in the coming year in a traditional Japanese way.

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March and April: Best of Cherry Blossoms

  • Average temperature: 7–19℃ (45–66°F)
  • Average rainfall: 110 mm (4 in)

March and April, the cherry blossom season, is one of the best times to travel to Japan, thanks to the comfortable weather, clear days, and the most attractive scenery.

The cherry blossoms are generally in full bloom from late March to early April. Imagine wearing a kimono to take pictures or having a picnic under the cherry trees with your family/partner and watching the petals flutter in the breeze. It would definitely make some memorable moments.

Festivals and events in March and April: Hanami is a traditional term for viewing cherry blossoms, and it is the most popular activity in spring in Japan. Many traditional ryokans and excellent guides are also fully booked in advance, so we recommend you make your decision at least 3 months in advance. Our Japan expert would customized the trip based on your group size, budget, and requirements.

May: Warm and Sunny

  • Average temperature: 15–23℃ (59–73°F)
  • Average rainfall: 140 mm (6 in)

May is warmer and the skies are clear. The Golden Week (typically from April 29th to May 5th) is a public holiday in Japan and many Japanese choose to travel during this time. The crowds and costs tend to decrease after May 7th, making it a perfect time to visit Japan.

June: Coolest Summer Month

  • Average temperature: 19–26℃ (66–79°F)
  • Average rainfall: 178 mm (7 in)

June is the start of summer and the plum rain season. Rainfall is sometimes in the form of a steady drizzle, and it doesn't rain every day. It's suitable to wear both long sleeves and short sleeves to cater to the varying weather conditions.

June is a better month to spend your summer vacation, especially for families with school-age children. You could enjoy cooler temperatures, fewer crowds, and favorable prices compared to July and August.

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July and August: Best Time for Festivals and Fireworks Celebrations

  • Average temperature: 24–31℃ (75–88°F)
  • Average rainfall: 163 mm (6 in)

July and August are hot and humid in Japan. Japan offers abundant indoor activities inside air-conditioned buildings , such as ninja experiences, pottery making, and Pokémon Center fun. This helps to minimize worries about the heat and rain. Additionally, taking a private tour in a private air-conditioned car could help to minimize the inconvenience caused by rainfall.

Festivals and events in July and August: Both months host culture-rich festival celebrations and grand fireworks celebrations, such as the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival in Tokyo, the Gion Festival in Kyoto, and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. These lively and amazing celebrations allow you and your kids to experience authentic float parades, enjoy the colorful fireworks in the cool summer breeze, and feel the cultural atmosphere deeply.

September and October: Cooler Weather with Fewer Crowds

  • Average temperature: 17–24℃ (63–75°F)
  • Average rainfall: 164 mm (6 in)

The weather becomes cooler in September and October, and typhoons sometimes hit Japan, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, especially in September. It does not rain every day (about 10 days a month) and it tends to be drier in October.

It's the low season to travel to Japan so you could expect fewer crowds and cheaper costs. If you are traveling in September, it is important to keep your itinerary flexible in case of flight delays or cancellations.

November: Best Time to Visit for Colorful Autumn Foliage

  • Average temperature: 9–17℃ (48–63°F)
  • Average rainfall: 86 mm (3 in)

November in Japan is one of the best times to travel due to the pleasant weather and many dry days. During this month, the whole country explodes with colors. You could appreciate red, orange, and golden autumn foliage scenery throughout Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and other parts of Japan.

December: Perfect for Soaking in Hot Springs and Celebrating Christmas

  • Average temperature: 5–11℃ (41–52°F)
  • Average rainfall: 65 mm (3 in)

Japan in December is not too cold. It's the best time for you to experience unique winter activities , such as soaking in the hot springs to enjoy the snow scenery, watching the snow monkeys bathe in their own "onsen" (hot spring bath), and appreciating the gassho-zukuri farmhouses' lighting at night.

Festivals and events in December: Japan is an excellent destination for families to celebrate Christmas in. Eye-catching Christmas illuminations and a fancy Christmas feast would help to make a Japan vacation a great experience for you and your family.

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Things to Do in Japan in June

In Japan, the start of summer in June is marked by a rainy season called tsuyu   ☔️ . During this transitional month, young Japanese people remain studious and prepare for their midterm exams. In this relatively quiet atmosphere, tourists can choose between outings to lush natural settings and visits to air-conditioned indoor attractions, which allow them to avoid the relatively humid hot weather.

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June does not attract a large number of tourists; in fact, it is among the months in which foreigners least come to visit Japan . Thus, airlines, hotels  🏨 and tour operators regularly offer great deals during this period. This makes it easier for tourists to travel at the last minute and still get good value for their money when utilizing public transportation and accommodations.

In addition, during June, Japanese expatriates often take long holidays to return to their home country to see their families.

Climate and weather

The weather conditions in June are notable, so please consider the following dates:

  • June 6 -- The official start of the rainy season
  • June 21 -- The beginning of summer

Tsuyu brings humidity, heat and cloudy weather. Warm air masses from the south encounter cold air from the north and form heavy rains that last for several days. It is rare to have little rainfall in June. Rainy days are even more prevalent in the south of the archipelago (on Kyushu and Kansai ) than in the north (on Tohoku ). Okinawa is the first touristic destination to exit the rainy season, at approximately the end of June.

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Note that Hokkaido does not experience this rainy period and in fact has rather pleasant temperatures of 15–20°C (59–68°F), with lots of sunshine and dry weather.

In Japan’s large cities, the average temperature in June ranges between 20 and 25°C (68 to 77°F) and can easily reach 30°C (86°F) on the hottest afternoons. Thus, accommodations with air conditioning are strongly recommended. The sun rises at around 4:30 a.m. and sets at around 7 p.m.

National public holidays

There are no public holidays during this transitional month, and the population is more focused on the transition to the summer season.

Top things to do

Outdoor visits must be planned according to the weather. For this reason, museums are a strong choice for culture lovers, and shopping malls attract shopaholics and food lovers. In addition, sheltered observation decks offer everyone a contemplative break.

After the rains have passed, Japan’s medium-altitude mountain forests and other green spaces are magical. The rainy season goes hand in hand with the presence of mosses, which, when saturated with water, display the most beautiful shades of green. Be careful: It is quite possible to encounter snakes in the gardens of Japan’s temples and shrines.

Below is a list of Japanese seasonal attractions and events in June:

Travel packing tips

To endure the changing weather of June, bring a range of light, waterproof, and comfortable loose clothes. As a matter of fact, temperatures steadily increase in June as summer is nearing, and the rainy season does not help lower them.

Those who are sensitive to heat and humidity should wear wide cotton pants or shorts, along with tee-shirts made with sport clothing materials that let in air and dry quickly. It may be useful to include compression socks or stockings for those who have a poor blood circulation. For shoes, as with clothes, select a pair that can stand the rain.

Skinny jeans are not necessarily a good solution as the can even compress as a result of the hot and humid weather. Similarly, thick jackets and trench coats can be uncomfortable.

It is important to stay well-hydrated during the day, as it is easy to sweat profusely. Carrying a small bottle of water is a good way to remember to drink regularly.

We recommend buying a cheap umbrella in Japan rather than carrying one in your suitcase.

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Japan is a fascinating country full of rich culture, architecture, and customs and traditions of an era that may not exist by the principles of time but lives on in the hearts of its people. Colors and Cherry Blossoms are only one aspect of this must-visit destination. The fact is that each month in Japan is known for its own festivities. So, if you’re planning on visiting Japan but don’t know the single best time to go there, let us tell you something: there isn’t any specific month or time. Instead, each of Japan’s months and seasons has something special to offer visitors and the Japanese themselves. In ‘Best month to visit Japan,’ we will cover some important facts on different months in Japan so you can determine the best month to visit the island.


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Japanese summers typically begin from early June and go all the way up till the mid of September. Generally, the Japanese summer days are very hot and the temperature can range between 21°C and 32°C. A lot of summer festivals or matsuri takes place in Japan, more so than in any other country. Needless to say, these festivals are fun and magnificent. Some of Japan’s most famous and exuberant festivals include the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, the Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka, the Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori, and the Awa Odori Festival of Tokushima, Shikoku. While festivals make up most of what Japanese summers stand for, the hot months are also known for their extraordinary array of fireworks and fire show extravaganzas. Fireworks or Hanabi are not taken lightly in the Land of the Rising Sun. Gathering with your loved ones to witness the spectacular fireworks at a Hanabi taikai is incredibly entertaining, making it a perfect event. The fireworks seen in the skies of the Sumida River are the most dazzling and famous. If you’re looking for a specific destination to beat the heat, Hokkaido is the by far the best place to travel in summer, since it doesn’t get as humid as the rest of the country. Hiking there is a true delight, with national parks filled with rugged peaks, crystal clear lakes, verdant greenery, and fields of colorful flowers. Hokkaido is especially known for its summer lavenders.

Visiting Japan in June - September

If you happen to visit Japan in the summer months but are not a fan of the scorching heat, you can opt for places like the Japanese Alps, Hokkaido, and Tohoku. Here, you still get to experience summers but minus a lot of the intense heat. Japanese prefectures are miles apart from one another, and naturally, the weather in each varies from one another. Despite all summer fun, socializing and the fireworks and festivals, summers in Japan, if you are not the summer-type tourist, you can visit Japan in other months.


is it good to visit japan in june

The spring months in Japan begins from the mid of March and goes all the way till May. This is again largely dependent on the location you will be visiting. Weather in spring can be menacingly deceitful; one day you will want to cover yourself up with the thickest of blankets, on others, you will want to wear as little clothing as possible. Recorded spring temperatures in Japan range from 4°C to around 18°C. If there is one collection of Japanese months that we love, it is its spring months. Why? Because of the iconic Sakura or Cherry Blossoms, which are known to start blooming in early spring. The usual months of the bloom are the middle of March and the beginning of April, but these blooms and their timing may vary. If you are head over heels for the Sakura blossoms, then you are better off visiting Japan in the months of April and May. This is when the Cherry Blossoms are in their fullest bloom, the flowers their best pink. However, keep in mind though, be prepared for large crowds and too many tourists in the spring months in Japan. The Cherry Blossom months are not that beautiful when it comes to tourist accommodation. While everybody wants to revel in the beauty that is the Sakura, the crowds can make it difficult to get accommodation in hotels. If you are not a fan of huge crowds, mid-March and mid-April are the months you should avoid visiting Japan. Apart from the Cherry Blossom months, the Golden Week (it is the amalgamation of the New Year’s holiday and the holiday of Obon in the month of August – back-to-back) is a busy season as well.

Visiting Japan in March - May

It isn’t that we are discouraging you from visiting Japan during these months. But a number of people wanting to go there do not want to get stuck in the crowds for hours on end, waiting for your turn to take in and enjoy the scenery. This is why we recommend going to Japan in late April but beware of the Golden Week. May can be wonderful, too: to be exact, the middle of May till its end.


is it good to visit japan in june

In Japan, autumn starts from the middle of September till early December. While the spring and summer months may be hot, the Japanese fall is known to be quite pleasant in terms of weather. Fall in Japan has either 10°C or 15°C. This can move up to 21°C, too, be it nature’s will. When the fall months start in Japan from mid to late September, the days can still be quite warm. Come October, though, and whatever warmth there is lingering from spring vanishes. There is a pleasant, noticeable change in the weather. Of course, the pleasant temperatures make for lovely skies, too. This is one reason why fall is such a great time to visit Japan. The fall months are symbolized by tragic yet beautiful foliage, and Japan seems to have an abundance of those, with all of its Cherry Blossoms. You can consider visiting Japan in early December if you want to avoid crowds. Japan’s autumn beauty breeds popularity and crowded streets. However, it is not as thickly congested as in spring for the country’s famous cherry blossoms. Should you choose to still avoid the bustling crowds of Japan’s spring months, try early December when you can still catch a bit of the Koyo with a lot fewer people and tourists around. What complements the outside foliage of Japan’s fall? A soak in an outdoor onsen while foliage-gazing. Soaking in the onsen is perfectly complemented by the greenery.

Visiting Japan in September - December

The foliage witnessed in September-October is similar to Japan’s spring months in several ways. Japanese autumns have a different sort of experience to offer when it comes to visual appeal and beauty. Not everybody is a fan of flashy beauty. Some people like looking at different, more subdued forms of beauty that are no less lovely than their cheerier counterparts. Nevertheless, there is a semblance of sophistication to autumn foliage that has been the source of inspiration for many writers and poets. It has a beauty of its own that remains unmatched.


is it good to visit japan in june

Japan is known to have long winters, starting from mid-December till the middle of March, when most other countries are already welcoming spring. However, Japanese winters are colder; the temperature ranges from 7°C and 8°C till below 0°C range of -1°C. While the cold temperature can be a deal-breaker for some, the Japanese winter is one of its best scenes. Japan not visited during its winter months is like letting fruit hang off tree branches when it is ripe for the picking. Much like most other countries, Japan does not see many travelers darkening its doors in these months, wanting to explore its glorious culture. Winters may be only one cause for this lack of tourism; some people who are lured by the springtime hype prefer going to view cherry blossoms instead. Also, the lack of travelers during this time of the year maybe because very few people are free to take a trip to Japan during these months. This means you have found the least crowded months to visit Japan! Why should you visit Japan in its winter months? Because with falling snow and trees lined with white, Japan is a different kind of beauty. We recommend visiting Hokkaido in the later winter months of Japan. You are sure to enjoy the Japanese Snow Festivals. This is also the only time to see the mysterious Tancho (red-crowned crane) and other rare Japanese birds like the Steller’s Sea Eagle and the Blakiston’s Fish Owl in their natural habitat. Apart from enjoying all the snow of Japan and hiking through its famous mountain trails, another best part about visiting Japan in its winter months are the Japanese onsen or the hot springs. No country does hot and cold like at a Japanese onsen in winter. You definitely do not want to miss out on sitting in a mountain onsen, enjoying all the white and green of the surrounding wilderness, snow drifting from the skies, and settling on to your hot, soaked skin.

Visiting Japan in December - March

The upside to visiting Japan in winter is that there are far fewer tourists. It’ll be freeezing cold, especially in the mountains, so it’s the perfect time for skiing and snowboarding at one of Japan’s fantastic ski resorts. Many of these resorts are paired with outdoor onsen so you can take a relaxing dip in a hot spring after your time on the slopes. I should mention the winter illumination; many of Japan’s commercial or business districts celebrate the winter season by hanging plazas and courtyards with brilliant, festive lights. It’s the perfect scene to enjoy while sipping a small cup of hot sake. Have you decided upon a time? Is it the spring of Japan and its beautiful Sakura blooms? Do you want to revel in the summer festivals full of color and their dazzling fireworks? Or are you one to soak in an onsen during the autumn months? Or do you dream about experiencing Japan’s snowy winter wonderland? Whatever you choose, you are bound to have a good time.




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A view of Mount Fuji in Japan in June.

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The beginning of summer in Japan is warm, a bit rainy and lush. After the blossoms of spring, June is the month during which everything turns green, from temple parks and botanical gardens to nature reserves. June can be a bit slippery and wet. But most of it is not due to tropical storms, so packing an umbrella is enough. Visiting Japan in June means seeing the country in a different light, like Tokyo’s neons reflecting on puddles. This is the perfect time to admire the peaks of Hokkaido in the north and the beaches of Okinawa in the south.

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Japan Weather in June

Tourists walking the Kumano Kodo trail in the rainy weather in Japan.

The best way to spend your vacation in Japan in June is to do something outdoorsy. Temperatures are mild everywhere in the country, with a daily average of 24°C and a nighttime temperature of around 18°C. This means that you can spend an entire day exploring Osaka on foot without feeling uncomfortable. Summer is also the perfect time to enjoy the natural beauty of Japan’s north. The hiking trails of Hokkaido, an island famous for its winter activities and ski resorts beckon travelers during this time of year. Here, the average maximum is 22°C.

For a seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Japan .

Weather in Japan in June - Rainfall and Temperatures

Why visit japan in june.

Performers during Yosakoi Soran Dance Festival in Japan in June.

If hiking trails and sightseeing tours are not enough reasons to head for Japan in June, we have listed a few more below.

  • Fewer crowds: Since the climbing season is yet to kick in, you might avoid some of the crowds during your trip to Japan this month. Thanks to mild weather conditions, this is the perfect time to enjoy Mount Fuji with its gardens, parks and five lakes.
  • Lower rates: The rainy season in Japan typically starts in June, which means that accommodation and transportation rates are lower across the country except in Hokkaido and Okinawa.
  • Festival time: One of the most popular festivals in June is Yosakoi Soran Matsuri, which is held in Sapporo. This is an annual folk dance celebration with performers from all over the world.
  • Summer food: June marks the beginning of summer in Japan. This is the time to indulge in delicious shaved ice called ‘Kakigori’. Fluffy, light and flavorful, this dessert is the perfect remedy against humidity.

Where To Go and What To Do

Hydrangea flowers blooming in Iwate Prefecture in Japan.

Tokyo is always a must-see during any trip to Japan, no matter the season, and June is the month when firefly festivals (such as the Fussa Festival and Kugayama) are held across the city. Admire these tiny animals buzzing all over the metropolis, like little lanterns in the sky. These festivals also include food stalls and stage performances as side attractions.

Head to Tokyo for another unmissable event at this time of year is Katsushika Shobu Matsuri, or the Iris Festival, during which 6,000 iris plants representing around 200 varieties are on display. You can enjoy picnics, parades and live musical performances while being surrounded by the natural beauty of the Horikiri Shobuen Garden during this event. If you are looking for something more lively, head for Asakusabashi where the festival of Torigoe Matsuri takes place in early June. The highlight of this event is a four-ton shrine that is carried and paraded through the streets.

The Himeji Yukata Festival takes place every year in the city of Himeji. People celebrate this festival dressed up in traditional yukatas of many colorful designs. The festival also features parades, fashion shows, games and food stalls which give tourists plenty of things to do in Japan .

In Okinawa, located in the country’s southwest, you can discover traditional crafts like pottery and admire 300,000 hydrangeas blooming in the hilly areas of Motobu Town. While there, you might also want to go on a hiking trip in Irimote and snorkel in Ishigaki.

Hokkaido is yet another destination worth discovering during your stay in Japan in June. The rainfall here is much less than in other parts of the country, which means you can explore national parks like Rishiri Rebun Sarobetsu, filled with alpine plants and awashed with birdwatching opportunities.

Do not forget to include a weekend up north while preparing your itinerary. However, please keep in mind that humidity levels might be high in this part of the country. So make sure that you stay hydrated.

What To Bring

Street lights in Tokyo after a wet down.

The term ‘rainy season’ should not discourage you from traveling to Japan this month. While you might get caught in a shower at any time of the month, serious downpours start whipping the country only towards the end of the month. Make sure that you pack wet towels to wipe off the sweat. Since the weather is a mix of sun, rain and humidity, we suggest that you carry a mix of summer clothes, open shoes and outwear attire. You will be spending a lot of time outdoors, so add a light waterproof jacket. It is easy to carry and perfect for any weather condition.

If you want to visit in June, you can look forward to enjoying nature at its finest, decked in the bright colors of summer. Wondering how you can cover it all? Reach out to our travel experts in Japan who can help you plan customized trips in the country.

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Top 10 Things to Do in Japan in June

Best Things to Do and Places to Visit in Japan in June

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Planning to visit Japan in June?? June is the beginning of summer in Japan as well as the rainy season which usually start from mid June to early July across the country. The temperature is moderate, yet the humidity level is pretty high and there are several days of raining. Therefore, many travellers might avoid visiting Japan, yet it’s a great time of the year to travelling Japan without crowds, and June is actually as enjoyable as the rest of the months in Japan!

Let’s check out the best things to do in Japan in June!

Japan in June

In June, Japan blossoms with a vibrant energy. The weather, transitioning from spring’s freshness into summer’s warmth, creates an ideal atmosphere for exploration. The average temperature in June in Tokyo ranges from 21°C (69.8°F) to 24°C (75.2°F).

Experience the colorful Hydrangea bloom, an enchanting sight particularly in places like Tokyo and Kamakura. Participate in traditional festivals reflecting centuries-old customs. Discover seasonal culinary delights that add an extra flavor to your visit. But remember, it’s also the start of the rainy season, so don’t forget your umbrella. Japan in June is a blend of beautiful landscapes, cultural experiences, and delicious food, offering unforgettable memories for every traveler.

1. Hydrangea

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Hydrangea (Ajisai) is a symbol of the rainy season in Japan, and there are numbers of events across the country in June, featuring those adorable hydrangea flowers blooming colourfully.

Several hydrangea festivals are held in Tokyo in June including the Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival which take place in Bunkyo ward (near Ueno area). Kamakura City is also famous for hydrangea flowers, and beautiful hydrangeas can be enjoyed with the historical buildings. Check out the attached links below for more details about hydrangea events in and around Tokyo!

▶ 5 Best Spots for Hydrangeas Viewing in Tokyo ▶ 3 Best Temples in Kamakura for Hydrangea Viewing

2. Sanno Matsuri

Sanno Festival or Sanno Matsuri (山王祭) is counted as one of Tokyo’s three greatest festivals from Edo period along with Kanda Festival and Fukagawa Festival. The festival is held at Hie Shrine in June in even numbered years which alternates with the Kanda Matsuri, which takes place in odd-numbered years. The celebration continues for 11 days, and on a main day the festival features a large procession with numbers of Mikoshi (portable shrines) and carriers in traditional costumes going on parade through the central area of Tokyo. The next Sanno Festival is estimated to be held in mid June in 2020.

Official Website: https://www.hiejinja.net/about/

3. Matcha Dessert Buffets

How dreamy to enjoy the finest Matcha dessert with all-you-can-eat style?? From late spring to early summer is the season for Matcha products, and numbers of venues across Japan holds Matcha dessert buffets during the season, and each buffet offers a wide variety of quality and creative Matcha desserts!

Here are the best Matcha buffets in Tokyo in the previous year!

Best Matcha Dessert Buffets in Tokyo 2021

4. Indoor Activities

If it’s raining outside, why not to have fun inside?? Japan offers hundreds of options to be entertained with indoor activities from classic indoor facilities like museums , aquariums and indoor amusement parks to unique ones. If you are keen to have unique and “only-in-Japan” kind of experience, I’d recommend you to try Karaoke, Pachinko, Animal Cafe , Maid Cafe and Robot Restaurant !

For modern and high-tech experience, VR and digital art museums are  a top choice. Or if you wish to enjoy the traditional side of Japan, tea ceremony and Samurai experience are much recommended! For ladies, how about being indulged by Japanese relaxation and hospitality? Why not to try indoor Onsen spa or beauty salons (hair dresser and nail salon) to pamper yourself while travelling!

Check out the hottest indoor activities available in Tokyo!

10 Hottest Indoor Activities in Tokyo

5. Sapporo, Hokkaido

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Hokkaido is one of the best destinations to travel in Japan during the rainy season. Because they don’t really have a rainy season in Hokkaido, and you can enjoy the cool, breezy and mostly sunny weather there in June. The capital city, Sapporo offers plenty of tourist attractions and seasonal events during summer!

More info ▶ Best Things to Do in Sapporo

-Yosakoi Soran Matsuri

The energetic and powerful dance festival featuring the traditional Yosakoi Dance and Soran Bushi folk music. Around 300 teams with 30,000 participants are performing for the event. It takes place in Sapporo City annually, attracting around 2 million viewers.

Official Website: https://www.yosakoi-soran.jp/

-Hokkaido Shrine Festival

Hokkaido Shrine Festival or also called Sapporo Festival (北海道神宮例祭 (札幌まつり)) is a traditional Shinto festival held in mid June for 3 days. During the festival, there will be special events and a lot of stalls lined around Nakajima Park. On the last day of the festival, a large parade sets off from Hokkaido Shrine then go through the city center with portable shrines and hundreds of people dressed in traditional costume.

Official Website: http://www.hokkaidojingu.or.jp/festival/

Check out more great things to do in Hokkaido!

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Another great destination in June Okinawa. The rainy season usually arrives in Okinawa about a month earlier than in Tokyo, and usually finishes in early-mid June. Okinawa gets extremely busy from July as it’s no.1 beach holiday destination in Japan, so if you wish to enjoy the beautiful sunny weather without crowds, June is the greatest month to travel Okinawa!

See the best highlights of Okinawa!

20 Best Things to Do in Okinawa: Okinawa Bucket List

7. Fuji Kawaguchiko Herb Festival

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Lake Kawaguchiko is a one of the Fuji Five Lakes, and the most accessible and touristy one. There are several seasonal events held around the lake through the year including cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, inviting hundreds of thousands of visitors during the season.

Fuji Kawaguchiko Herb Festival is one of the most popular events at Lake Kawaguchiko, featuring the charming purple lavender flowers with the magnificent view of Mt Fuji. The festival is held from mid June to early July at Oishi Park near the lake, and there are special events, and vendors selling food, drinks and local products.

Fuji Kawaguchiko Herb Festival

8. Fussa Firefly Festival

Firefly (Hotaru in Japanese) is one of the symbolic animals of Japanese summer, and there are numbers of opportunity to see them in Japan during the season. Fussa Firefly Festival (福生ほたる祭り) is one of the most traditional firefly events which has been held for a half decade. The festival take place at Fussa City, the western outskirts of Tokyo, featuring over 500 fireflies flying around and glowing in the dark. The festival also features special events and numbers of stalls selling street food and drinks.

Official Website: https://www.fussakanko.jp/pa0206.html

9. Canyoning

If it’s raining outside, let’s go get wet! Canyoning is a popular activities during summer in the mountain areas in Japan, offering a plenty fun and adventurous activities such as water rafting, sliders, rock jumping, slack-lines and more! A lot of canyoning tours are now operated in English so that foreign visitors can also safely enjoy the nature and activities.

Surprisingly, canyoning can be enjoyed in Tokyo, too! Okutama is the mountainous area in the outskirts of Tokyo, offering unspoilt beautiful nature. From hiking to canyoning, various outdoor activities can be enjoyed in Okutama area. It’s one of the best day-trip destinations from Tokyo during summer!

See the link below for more information about canyoning in Okutama area!

Canyoning in Tokyo: the Wildest Spot in Tama

10. Hoshitoge Rice Terraces

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Terraced rice fields are one of the most authentic and spectacular sights you can capture in Japan. There are numbers of rice terraces across Japan, displaying the beautiful scenery in each season. Hoshitoge Rice Terraces or Hoshitoge no Tanada (星峠の棚田) in Niigata Prefecture is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in Japan, and the breathtaking view of 200 rice terraces lined on the slope of the mountain attracts photographers from all over Japan.

The best season to see Hoshitoge Rice Terraces is in June since the terraces are filled with water displaying the beautiful view of water reflections, and there is a high possibility to see the sea of clouds over the rice fields in early morning.

*Note* Hoshitoge Rice Terraces are private properties and inside the rice fields are prohibited to enter. Please be respectful to locals 🙂

Map: http://bit.ly/2ZgNqjJ Access: 20 mins drive/taxi from Matsudai Station (Hokuhoku Line)

Check out more beautiful rice field terraces in Japan!:

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Last updated: January 30th, 2024

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The best time to visit Japan is in the spring, for the exquisite cherry blossom, or in the fall, when the trees take on vibrant hues of scarlet and orange. The summer months of July and August are a wonderful time for hiking and enjoying the mountains.

Japan is a big country, its archipelago stretching more than 1,900 miles from north to south. It’s also very mountainous. As such, you’ll find considerable climate variations, from subtropical to temperate.

The climate is affected by mountains and ocean currents as well as latitude. Whenever you visit, you’ll find a fascinating culture, exceptionally polite and friendly people, exquisite temples, and dazzlingly beautiful scenery.

Visiting Japan By Season

Street view of Kyoto

June and July in Japan bring the rainy season, which many rice farmers welcome. During these hot and humid months, locals often seek respite by visiting seaside towns and exploring the cooler mountain regions.

August is the hottest month of the year in Tokyo , with average temperatures of 82.2°F (27.9°C). It’s also the warmest month of the year in Kyoto, with highs of 84°F (29°C).

June, though, is the wettest month on Kyushu Island in the south, when Nagasaki can receive an impressive 22.4 inches (970mm) of rain. This is the rainy season in Kyoto , too, although there’s a lot less precipitation, with 9.4 inches (240mm) typical.

September, October, and November are wonderful months to visit Japan to witness the vibrant fall colors. The weather is generally fine during fall in Japan , but parts of the country do receive considerable rainfall; in Tokyo, expect 9.3 inches (235mm) in October. By November, this has decreased, and the days are cool and generally pleasant.

Kyoto, on the other hand, is wetter in September, with October the best fall month to visit.

Winter in Japan varies very much according to where you visit. The south is generally dry and cool, but the north is bitterly cold and snowy.

Further south, Tokyo’s winters are cold, with average January temperatures of 42.9°F (6.1°C) but low rainfall—just 2.4 inches (60mm). Snow in the city is unusual.

Cherry blossoms in Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

March, April, and May is, for many, the best time to go to Japan, because the cherry blossom is so exquisite. The climate is generally perfect, too—not too hot and little rainfall.

May brings incredible sightseeing weather in Tokyo, with average highs of 66.9°F (19.4°C). If you want to see the cherry blossom, be aware that the season begins in March in the south, with the north in bloom later, in April.

When Is Rainy Season?

The warm, humid rainy season in Japan is from June to early July, although exact dates vary up and down the country. It’s also not rainy the whole time, although the sky may be overcast. Hokkaido, in the north, manages to dodge the rainy season completely, while Okinawa’s rainy weeks come before those of Tokyo.

The rains mean the many parks and gardens are at their most lush and beautiful. This is also when the hydrangeas are in full bloom. Many Japanese head for the hills or to the coast during June, where it’s cooler. If you are visiting around this time, bring sturdy footwear and a light waterproof jacket.

In the winter months, precipitation falls as snow in the north of Japan, where there’s a thriving winter sports scene.

When Is High Season?

Best time to visit Japan - Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

Japan’s high seasons are spread throughout the year. March, April, September, and October are peak times for viewing nature at its finest, in the cherry blossom and the fall colors. The first week of May is known as Golden Week, when a lot of Japanese take their vacation domestically.

When Is Shoulder Season?

While Japan is always busy with tourism, November is one of the quieter months. The weather tends to be cool and mild, with the fall colors still very much present. Mid to late May is another shoulder period, between the end of the cherry blossom season and the beginning of the hotter, rainier summer.

When Is Low Season?

Unless you’re visiting for skiing, December to February tends to be the quieter time in Japan. In the central and southern areas, the weather is cooler but not necessarily wet, making low season a good time to visit Japan if you’re not concerned about warm weather.

June and July is also a quieter time to visit as this is the rainy season—but there is still much to enjoy during these months.

Street in Kyoto

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The Low-Key Best Month to Visit Japan

March 8, 2023 by Robert Schrader Leave a Comment

Like many frequent visitors to Japan, I sing the praises of country’s cherry blossom and autumn color seasons. And rightly so: Japanese cityscapes simply look their most beautiful under colorful billows of flowers and leaves.

Visiting Japan at these times of year isn’t without its problems, of course. First among them? The sheer number of other tourists who come to enjoy seasonal spectacles, which can often be downright overwhelming, especially in top tourist destinations.

While you won’t see any sakura if you visit Japan in May, you’ll also have the country much more to yourself. (This is to say nothing of the warmer weather you’ll enjoy—and the fact that you might nonetheless see some seasonal flowers !).

Why May Gets Overlooked by Foreign Visitors to Japan

If you’ve never thought of spending May in Japan, you’re not alone. The vast majority of foreign visitors come to Japan during two windows: Between late March and mid-April for sakura , and during the peak autumn color season , which lasts between mid-November and early December. Another sizable peak comes between about mid-December and mid-February, aka Japan’s ski season.

It’s not just omission that explains why foreign tourists overlook May as a month for visiting Japan. Some believe that the Golden Week holiday (which only lasts until a few days into the month) makes the whole country unbearable to visit for all 31 days of May. Others wrongly assume that May will be too hot or too wet, or that “just missing” the cherry blossoms would make their trip sad.

My Favorite Reasons to Visit Japan in May

The “new” green of spring.

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I don’t remember where I was when I first noticed how green Japan’s greens are in May—maybe at Adachi Art Museum ? In any case, this is one of my favorite reasons to visit Japan during this month. Whether you’re looking at a traditional garden or a bamboo forest on a hillside, the hues of chartreuse, jade and emerald will enchant you.

Warm days, mild nights

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Another reason I love Japan May travel? Temperatures in most of the country are just perfect. The winter chill is completely gone from the air, with an average temperature of 19ºC/66ºF in Tokyo. While things can get a little steamier in Kyushu and Shikoku , and be cooler in Hokkaido and northern Tohoku, the general trend is the same.

Calm before the storm (literally)

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Japan’s summer tsuyu (literally “plum rain”) monsoon can be miserable, but the good news is that it typically doesn’t start until late May, or even early June. If you plan to visit Japan during the first half of May, or maybe even the first three weeks, you should avoid wet weather in most parts of the country.

Lack of sakura pressure

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Unless your Japan May trip takes you to Hokkaido , you probably aren’t going to see any cherry blossoms. There is a silver lining to this, however. Namely, that seeing sakura (let alone at perfectly full bloom) is difficult and stressful! Not having to worry about a phenomenon you can’t predict or control allows you to enjoy destinations more purely. Plus, you might see some azaleas or hydrangeas!

(Mostly) light crowds

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The first few days of May are technically part of Japan’s busy domestic “Golden Week” holiday, which means that many destinations (with the possible exception of Tokyo ) can be quite busy. However, this is definitely not the case for much of the rest of the month, which is significantly less busy than April or November.

Where Should You Go in Japan in May?

Almost everywhere in Japan is amazing to visit in May, but there are a few places I find are especially great durign this month:

  • San’in : Visiting this off-the-beaten-path region during an off-peak time is a one-two punch that practically sees you with it all to yourself.
  • Hokkaido : In some years, you can catch cherry blossoms in Hokkaido during the first few days of May; in all years, pleasant days and cool evenings make it a wonderful place to explore.
  • Okinawa: Want to get some beach time before typhoon season? May is your last chance on Okinawa’s main island and in Ishigaki .
  • Japan’s tourist trail: From Tokyo, to Kyoto and Osaka, to Hiroshima and even the Fuji Five Lakes, popular destinations are decked in spring green (but relatively uncrowded) in May.

Other FAQ About Visiting Japan in May

Is japan crowded in may.

With the exception of Golden Week (which only lasts for the first few days of the month), May is not at all a crowded month to visit Japan. In fact, May is a decidedly un-crowded month in most parts of Japan, in spite of featuring some of the year’s best weather.

What is Japan like in May?

May is one of the most beautiful months in Japan. While the sakura have long since fallen off, the “new” green that covers most trees is absolutely electric—somewhere between chartreuse and emerald. Plus, with the exception of Golden Week early in the month, May is a pretty call and un-crowded time to visit Japan.

Is it good to visit Tokyo in May?

Tokyo is at its best in May. During the early days of the month (aka Golden Week), when much of the rest of Japan is inundated with domestic travelers, Tokyo is relatively quiet. For the rest of May, warm days and mild nights mean that Tokyo is pleasant to explore, even if rain showers become more common as June approaches.

The Bottom Line

There are almost no downsides to visiting Japan in May, apart from the fact that the trees are green and there aren’t any flowers on most of them. I absolutely love exploring Japan during this warm and pleasant month, regardless of which regions of the country I happen to be focusing on. While late May can sometimes be rainy and early May can sometimes be busy due to Golden Week crowds, it’s still one of the most underrated times to visit Japan overall, even if you discount the beauty of azaleas, wisteria and hydrangeas. Want to make sure your May trip to Japan is one for the record books? Consider hiring me to plan it.

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I have been writing about Japan for a decade now, and visiting for even longer. But somehow, I never get tired of it. The more I learn about each facet of Japan’s deep, rich culture, the more I want to know. Take the national drink. I started with a saké sommelier tour in Tokyo. On my next visit, I toured a brewery or two. I’ve since visited them up and down the country, trying red-rice saké made by the country’s first female brewer in Ine, naturally sparkling nihonshu in Yamagata, and aged saké in Toyama, which was brewed when I was still a toddler. And there’s so much more I want to try.

The variety in Japan is dizzying. You can hike for days through its wild national parks, or follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and samurai on ancient highways. You can savour Michelin-starred cuisine, street eats and seafood fresh from the ocean. And you can walk straight from the bustle of some of the world’s most frenetic, exciting cities into the quiet of centuries-old shrines. These are 14 of the very best places to visit, with tips on how to make it happen and find your own Japan.

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One week The New Golden Route. The classic first-timer’s route takes you from Tokyo to the ancient capital of Kyoto , perhaps continuing on to Nara, Osaka or Hiroshima. For a different take on it, try the New Golden Route instead; this takes you from Tokyo to Kyoto via the mountainous Chubu region, and a new shinkansen line on the Sea of Japan coast.

Two weeks Tohoku and Hokkaido. Few visitors head north of the capital, but those who do are rewarded with spectacular landscapes, rich cultures and raucous festivals. And that’s before you even consider the winter, when the region enjoys some of the world’s most consistent powder snow.

Three weeks The islands. Japan is made up of thousands of islands, with diverse landscapes, climates and cultures, but most trips only take in one or two. From the main island of Honshu you can easily fly down to Okinawa’s idyllic Yaeyama Islands, or take a ferry to the protected wilds of the Oki Islands. It’s easy to add on a trip to subtropical Goto and Ojika from Kyushu, while from Shikoku you can drive or cycle the Shimanami Kaido between several Inland Sea islands.

A tight budget Michinoku Coastal Trail. Tackle a section of this 637-mile walking route to immerse yourself in northeast Japan’s dramatic coastal landscape and welcoming communities, and learn more about the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. You can stick to your budget by staying at minshuku (traditional guesthouses) along the way, or opt for campsites to save even more.

1. Matsumoto

Nakamachi in Matsumoto, which is one of the best places to visit in Japan

You might expect the birthplace of visionary artist Yayoi Kusama to be a frenetic, overwhelming place, but beyond the City Art Museum, where her eye-catching polka-dotted pieces spill out of the main entrance, Matsumoto is pretty laid back. At its heart is Matsumoto-jo, the oldest castle in Japan. Its austere appearance is offset by the serene peaks of Chubu-Sangaku National Park rising behind it, and the froth of pink blossoms surrounding it each spring.

Matsumoto’s easy access to Tokyo, combined with its thriving food and music scenes, have made it a favourite of young escapees from the capital, many of whom open chic independent businesses. Stroll through Nakamachi for upscale cafés and ryokan (inns) in elegant converted warehouses, or cross the river to Frog Street for shops and restaurants in traditional wooden buildings. Spend a weekend here and you’ll quickly understand the appeal of the artsy, relaxing Matsumoto lifestyle.

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The city’s oldest hotel, opened in 1887, Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu is just five minutes’ walk from the castle. Rooms in the annex feature local folk-craft furniture and the dark wood of the communal areas feels pleasantly old-fashioned

With its seamless blend of tradition and modernity, Matsumoto makes a natural stop on Exodus’s 14-day Ancient and Modern Japan tour

2. Shiretoko National Park

A Steller's sea eagle in Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido, one of the best places to visit in Japan

In Hokkaido’s far northeast, the Shiretoko Peninsula juts out into the Sea of Okhotsk. Its steep mountains and dense forests look impenetrable at the best of times, and come winter the land is blanketed in deep snow and the shoreline jostled by drift ice. Here in its wildest reaches, it’s clear why the Ainu people named this place sir etok : the edge of the earth.

On a trip here, you can acquaint yourself with some of the most important deities in the Ainu pantheon. Take a boat trip to see orcas (Repun-kamuy; god of the sea) slicing through the cold waters, and brown bears (Kim-un-kamuy; god of the mountains) picking along the shore. Or go on a wildlife-spotting night drive for tanuki, foxes and deer. If you’re lucky, the world’s largest owl might even put in an appearance — Blakiston’s fish owl (Kotan-kor-kamuy; god of the village).

Kitakobushi Shiretoko Hotel & Resort has impressive views of the sun setting over the Sea of Okhotsk, and warming cuisine focused on fresh, local fish. Some rooms have hot-spring baths directly overlooking the water

Along with Shiretoko, the nine-day Oku Japan Wild Lands of Eastern Hokkaido tour includes dramatic natural sights like volcanic Meakandake and Lake Mashu

Meguro river in Tokyo, which is one of the best places to visit in Japan

Japan’s capital may be an obvious stop on a first-timer’s itinerary, but its sheer variety of experiences keeps people coming back time and again. In chic Daikanyama and Meguro, you can stroll along upscale streets with innovative architecture and trendy boutiques. Waseda has intriguing cultural attractions like the Haruki Murakami Library, Hotel Chinzanso’s traditional gardens and the stark brilliance of Tange Kenzo’s concrete cathedral. And down in Todoroki you can wander through a natural river valley, feeling a world away from the bustle of city life.

This is before we’ve even touched on the big hitters — Shinjuku’s skyscrapers, Shibuya’s nightlife, Roppongi’s galleries, Harajuku’s street fashion. Truly, you’d have to try very hard to get bored of Tokyo.

With its blend of understated luxury and traditional hospitality, Hoshinoya Tokyo is one of the most memorable places to stay in the capital. It somehow manages to carve out a bubble of calm in the middle of the city

Most tours of Japan include a couple of days in the capital; the Tokyo Welcome Package from Bamba Travel gives you a good introduction to the city over four days

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4. The Michinoku Coastal Trail

The Michinoku Coastal Trail is one of the best places to visit in Japan

After the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami, much of northeast Japan’s Tohoku coastline became the Sanriku Fukko (Reconstruction) National Park. Running through it for over 600 miles is the Michinoku Coastal Trail, giving hikers access to not only stunning scenery, but also some of the communities that are still rebuilding over a decade after the disaster. By spending your yen here — perhaps having fresh-from-the-boat sashimi for lunch, or staying at a traditional ryokan — you’ll be directly helping that rebuilding effort.

Slowing down to walking pace also encourages you to connect with the people and places you’ll encounter. Whether at a museum dedicated to the disaster or over a glass of saké in the local izakaya, you’re sure to hear some deeply personal, moving stories of what happened in 2011.

The Tanesashi and Hashikami sections are gentle, making them ideal for beginners. For more experienced hikers, the towering Kitayamazaki cliffs and mysterious tunnels cut through the rock make the section between Tanohata and Kurosaki very rewarding.

Elegant Jodogahama Park Hotel is situated on high ground above its namesake beach, a famous beauty spot on Honshu’s northeastern coast. Rooms either look out over the sea, or the forest of pine trees surrounding the hotel

On G Adventures’ Japan: Kyoto, Tokyo & the Michinoku Coastal Trail tour you can spend a day hiking part of the coastal route in Iwate

5. The Yaeyama Islands

Shisa statues in Okinawa, one of the best places to visit in Japan

Okinawa, an archipelago in the far southwest of the country, exerts a strong pull on the Japanese imagination. The string of subtropical islands is seen as a paradise where you can recharge over your precious few days of annual leave — just white sand, turquoise sea and no emails.

To see Okinawa at its best, you need to go beyond the over-touristed main islands. This is surprisingly easy, with the far-flung Yaeyama islands connected to the Japanese mainland by plane. On Ishigaki, you can explore mangrove forests, while Taketomi is home to traditional Ryukyuan villages, where the neat square houses have red-tiled roofs and are guarded by shisa (mythical lion) statues. Finally, the elusive, endangered Iriomote Cat stalks the jungles of its namesake island.

Glamping Resort Yokabushi offers villa-style accommodation with an outdoor pool, bar and barbecue area. There’s free bike hire, and Tamatori Observation Platform is a few minutes’ walk away

Wild Frontiers’ Japan in Style tour includes three nights on Ishigaki-jima, giving you plenty of time to see the Yaeyama Islands


Sightseeing boats in Fushimi, Kyoto, which is one of the best places to visit in Japan

The ancient capital of Kyoto is the ideal place to immerse yourself in traditional Japan. Between the Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle, several major shrines and temples and an impressive range of other historic buildings, the city has more fascinating sights than you could see in a dozen visits.

To see Kyoto at its best, though, skip the most famous spots; unless you’re very canny about when you go, crowds are likely to spoil your experience. Instead of Arashiyama’s main street and river, visit the weaving workshops of Nishijin or take a boat along Fushimi’s picturesque canals. Swap Kinkaku-ji and the rock garden at Ryoan-ji for the serene temples and teahouses of Daitoku-ji. And in place of the palace grounds, wander Heian-jingu’s gorgeous gardens.

The jewels in Kyoto’s crown are sights like elegant Katsura Villa and the hushed grounds of Kokedera (Moss Temple), where the Imperial Household Agency strictly limits visitor numbers. You’ll need to apply in advance, but it’s worth it.

Opened in 2021, Tadao Ando-designed Shinmonzen combines modern sensibilities with the traditional Japanese aesthetics which help it blend seamlessly into its Gion surroundings

On Intrepid’s Japan Real Food Adventure, you can experience some of the highlights of Japan’s regional cuisines in Kyoto, Tokyo and Kanazawa

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Matsue Castle in Shimane, which is one of the best places to visit in Japan

Only 0.2 per cent of overseas travellers visited underrated Shimane prefecture in 2019, and those savvy few were rewarded with dramatic Sea of Japan scenery, fascinating museums and high-end onsen resorts.

In Matsue, you can admire both one of Japan’s best-preserved castles and, at the Adachi Museum of Art, one of its most spectacular gardens. Further west, impressive Izumo-taisha is thought to be the country’s oldest shrine, and is a popular place to pray for luck in love.

Mount Sanbe’s gentle slopes and scenic lakes are popular with cyclists, and at Sanbe-Azukihara Buried Forest Museum you can see vast cedars that were buried by a volcanic eruption 4,000 years ago. The beautiful nearby world heritage site of Iwami Ginzan includes an Edo-era silver mine and lovingly preserved townscape.

Tickets for the Sunrise Izumo sleeper train are snapped up quickly, but if you manage to get one you’re in for a relaxing, comfortable overnight trip from Tokyo to Matsue or Izumo — slow travel at its best. Add on a boat trip to Shimane’s Oki islands, a Unesco Global Geopark, for more slow-paced travel with an ecological focus.

Located on Shimane’s northern coast, Kai Izumo has spectacular views of the sea and Hinomisaki lighthouse. As well as its onsen and regional cuisine, the hotel is known for its outdoor performances of local kagura theatre

Explore Shimane and more of the San’in coast on two wheels on Spice Cycling’s Coastal Japan: San-in Explorer tour

8. The Kumano Kodo

The shrine pavillion and waterfall at Nachi-taisha, Kumano Kodo, which is one of the best places to visit in Japan

Japan is full of ancient highways and pilgrimage routes, and the Kumano Kodo is among the most atmospheric. Weaving through the holy mountains of Wakayama, Nara and Mie prefectures, this network of trails has been in use for centuries.

There are several routes to choose from, but the Nakahechi offers the best balance of well-maintained, well-signposted trails and breathtaking scenery. If you have a few days to devote to it, you could walk from the trailhead at Takijiri-oji to ancient Hongu-taisha, one of the area’s three Grand Shrines and home to the world’s largest torii (shrine gate). Stay in the rustic hot-spring town of Yunomine Onsen to soak your (probably achey) legs before pressing on to one of the other Grand Shrines. Visit Nachi-taisha to marvel at a picturesque vermilion shrine building standing before Japan’s tallest waterfall, or enjoy a ride on a traditional wooden boat down the Kumano River to Hatayama-taisha.

Ryokan Adumaya is a perfect place to break up your hike. Located in Yunomine Onsen, the traditional inn serves food steamed over the hot springs, and can prepare you a bento lunch for the next day’s walking

The Natural Adventure’s Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Trail tour takes you along the Nakahechi route over the course of a week, visiting Hongū-taisha and Nachi-taisha

Funaya fishermen houses in Ine, which is one of the best places to visit in Japan

Only a couple of hours from Kyoto, Ine has one of the most unique townscapes in Japan. The village snakes around the edge of a bay, with its buildings jutting out over the water. Known as funaya , or “boathouses”, they were designed so boats could sail right into them, and many of them are still used in this way now. Several of the funaya are now holiday rentals, where you can gaze out over the bay while you eat mouthwateringly fresh fish for dinner, or get cosy in your futon for the night.

There’s plenty to do in the area, from kayaking and boat trips to e-bike tours. Be sure to drop by Mukai Shuzo, too. This historic, family-run saké brewery produces a range of traditional-style and innovative nihonshu, including a variety made from celebratory red rice. In 1999, it became the first brewery in Japan to have a female toji (master brewer), Kuniko Mukai.

In a convenient spot near the tourist information centre, Funayado Ichi is a converted funaya renovated in a clean, simple style which naturally draws your eye to the most important point: the view of the bay right outside

Starting with Ine, the Crooked Compass Sea of Japan, Temples & Mountains tour includes beautiful Sea of Japan scenery, craft experiences and hot-spring towns

10. Hiroshima

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Dome in Hiroshima, which is one of the best places to visit in Japan

Hiroshima is an essential stop to understand one of the key moments of Japan’s 20th-century history: August 6, 1945, when the US dropped an atom bomb over the city, killing 80,000 people immediately. The Atomic Bomb Dome is a stark and powerful testament to the destruction, while the nearby Peace Memorial Museum and Park provide context, outline nuclear proliferation since the Second World War, and express hope for a more peaceful future.

While it gives the appropriate weight to its past, Hiroshima today is a thriving, colourful city. You can visit a castle and stroll through a traditional garden, admire works of Impressionism in the art gallery and take a tour on a retro tram. And of course, you have to try the local style of okonomiyaki, a delicious layered dish featuring batter, noodles, meat or fish, and a richly umami sauce.

Hiroshima is also a great jumping-off point for Miyajima, with its “floating” torii , as well as the Seto Inland Sea area. You could take a short cruise around the islands, or over to Shikoku, from where you can take the scenic route back to Honshu via the Shimanami Kaido.

Centrally located Kiro Hiroshima is a calm, peaceful and design-forward space, with exposed concrete, plenty of natural light and a profusion of plants in the communal areas.

The Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima and Takayama Festival tour from Trafalgar takes you across the Shimanami Kaido and on to Hiroshima, with a boat ride to Miyajima included

11. Fukuoka

Food stalls in Hakata, Fukuoka, which is one of the best places to visit in Japan

On Kyushu’s northwestern coast is Fukuoka, its most populous city. It’s geographically closer to some cities in China and Korea than it is to Tokyo, and with its young and diverse population, it certainly feels cosmopolitan. This variety is reflected in the local food scene — be sure to try out the yatai , food stalls serving everything from local specialities like Hakata ramen (noodles in a pork-heavy broth) and mentaiko (cod roe, served various ways) to staples like yakisoba and Chinese steamed buns.

Beyond the cuisine, there’s plenty to explore in Fukuoka. The city is one of the centres of Japan’s tech industry, but also has some notable historic sights. Spend some time decompressing at Japan’s oldest Zen temple, Shofuku-ji, or explore the preserved Taisho-era houses of the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum.

There are regular ferries from Fukuoka out to subtropical Ojika and the Goto archipelago. As well as enjoying the laid-back island lifestyle here, you can delve into the fascinating history of Japan’s “hidden Christians”.

The five-star Miyako Hotel Hakata is located right by Hakata, the city’s bullet train station, and has sweeping city views from the bar and rooftop onsen-fed pool

The Through the Heart of Japan: Tokyo to Fukuoka Cruise — Premium Adventure trip from Exodus takes in several places in both Japan and Korea, including the Goto islands, before finishing in Fukuoka

12. Ginzan Onsen

Ginzan Onsen, which is one of the best places to visit in Japan

Japan has been shaped by tectonic activity — from its dramatic rock formations to its fertile volcanic soils, and of course its 25,000-odd hot springs. A good 3,000 of these have been developed, ranging from rustic wooden huts clustered around a few pools to sprawling high-end resorts where each water’s mineral composition and effects are meticulously explained.

Ginzan Onsen in Tohoku’s Yamagata prefecture is one of Japan’s most charming hot-spring towns, and was an inspiration for the bathhouse in Spirited Away . Its waters were first discovered around 500 years ago, when the nearby silver mine was active. But its heyday came in the Taisho era (1912–1926), when large and elegant inns were built alongside its small canal.

Visit today and you’ll almost feel like you’ve slipped back 100 years — especially in the evening, when the cobblestone main street is lit by the warm glow of gas lamps. Stay overnight for the full experience: kaiseki meals served in your ryokan, a yukata-clad wander by the canal, and plenty of time spent soaking in the thermal waters. It’s sure to be a restorative experience.

Set right by the canal, Kosekiya Ryokan is a classic hot-spring hotel. Expect lavish meals, mineral-rich waters, and yukata laid out in your tatami-matted room, ready for you to wear around town


Ginzan Onsen is best experienced with an overnight stay, which is included as part of Crooked Compass’s 12-day Tohoku — Uncharted Japan tour

The Dotonbori canal in the Namba district of the city's Chuo ward, Osaka, which is one of the best places to visit in Japan

Big, brash and bright — Osaka has a well-deserved reputation in Japan, and makes a perfect contrast to nearby Kyoto. Stop by the Dotonbori area in the evening to see the city at its high-energy best, with neon signs reflecting in the canal, music blasting from amusement arcades and bars, and groups of locals going “food-hopping”. The city is a gastronomic haven, so do as they do and visit multiple restaurants, food stands and izakaya over the course of your night to try as much as possible.

Osaka is packed with things to do beyond eating and drinking, too. The impressive castle is one of Japan’s most-visited destinations, and between its historical displays and great views, it’s well worth seeing. There are also several top-tier museums, covering subjects from contemporary art and east Asian ceramics to daily life in Edo-era Osaka and modern-day issues of human rights in Japan. But the city’s obsession with food comes up again for the most famous of the lot: the Cupnoodles Museum, dedicated to the invention of instant ramen right here in Osaka.

Lean into the colourful Osaka aesthetic at Cross Hotel, right in the heart of Dotonbori — some rooms even have direct views of the famous Glico man sign over the canal.

Join G Adventures’ Epic Japan: Speed Trains & Street Food tour for an introduction to Osaka’s food and nightlife scenes, and plenty of free time to explore the city

14. Nagasaki

Nagasaki is one of the best places to visit in Japan

Nagasaki is a beautiful port city with a fascinating history. One of its unique attractions is Dejima, the artificial island that for over 200 years was the only place European traders could enter Japan. The nearby Chinatown is Japan’s oldest, showing this community’s lasting impact on the city.

Further up the Urakami River are the Atomic Bomb Museum and National Peace Memorial Hall, where you can learn about August 9, 1945. The bomb dropped here was even more powerful than the one used in Hiroshima, and only Nagasaki’s geography kept the day’s death toll to around 70,000, rather than higher. The hypocentre was over Urakami Cathedral, where people were at morning prayer; some of the building’s remains have been preserved, next to the rebuilt church.

Like Hiroshima, the city remembers its past but is also forward-looking, with a thriving arts scene and several excellent galleries, museums and gardens. Be sure to try its fusion dishes while you’re here, such as hearty kakuni manju (pork belly in a Chinese-style bun), toruko rice (a mix of rice, noodles, pork cutlet and curry) and Portuguese-inspired castella cake.

Garden Terrace Nagasaki, across the bay from the city centre, makes a special place to stay. Designed by Kengo Kuma, it’s a modernist oasis of calm, with a spa, ocean views, a rooftop infinity pool and several excellent restaurants.

Intrepid Travel’s Southern Japan Experience itinerary includes some of Nagasaki’s major sights, plus free time with a tram pass to explore further on your own

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Dramatic footage shows huge explosions 'sinking Russian ship in Black Sea'; Russia reponds to reports of US planning to station nukes in UK

Ukraine has claimed to have sunk a Russian Black Sea warship, while Russia has accused the US of an "endless circle of escalation" amid reports that it is planning to station nuclear weapons in the UK.

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To get Viktor Orban to stop blocking Ukrainian aid, 26 other European Union leaders teamed up ahead of a crunch summit to deliver a stark message: You're on your own this time.

The veteran Hungarian leader, who maintains close ties to Moscow, has previously been adept at finding enough support among his peers to drive a hard bargain in EU negotiations. 

But in the days and hours before today's summit in Brussels, leaders - individually and in groups - told Mr Orban all the other members of the union were united behind the deal and he would face consequences if he continued to veto, according to EU diplomats and officials. 

Importantly, the message also came from Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, an ideological ally. 

"I worked on trying to bring us to a point where we could not divide Europe at a time like this," Ms Meloni said.

Ahead of the summit, anonymous briefings and leaks spelled out what consequences Hungary might face if it did not play ball, such as damage to its economy and a freeze on Budapest's right to vote on EU decisions.

At an eve-of-summit dinner, attended by most of the EU's leaders, the "tensions were tangible", one diplomat said: "Everyone was angry at him."

Another diplomat said: "It reached boiling point."

In the end, Mr Orban abandoned key demands - including that he should have an annual right to veto the package.

He claimed victory by saying he had secured a "control mechanism" - regular reviews of the aid - to save face but it has "no teeth", another diplomat said.

Ukrainian army chief Valeriy Zaluzhnyi has published an opinion piece that failed to mention the rift with Volodymyr Zelenskyy or reports he may be asked to leave his post.

He called for a "completely new state system of technological rearmament" in an article carried by CNN, which the outlet said he wrote before an expected announcement of his dismissal.

CNN cited a source saying the Ukrainian president was set to announce Mr Zaluzhnyi's dismissal within a matter of days.

It would represent the biggest shakeup of Ukraine's military during Russia's invasion. 

Ukraine needed to find new ways and capabilities to gain an advantage over Russia, Mr Zaluzhnyi said in the article.

"The challenge for our armed forces cannot be underestimated. It is to create a completely new state system of technological rearmament.

"Taking everything into account at this moment, we think the creation of such a system could be achieved in five months. Our partners are of the same view."

A Russian strike has killed two French volunteer aid workers in Ukraine, according to local officials.

The attack on the town of Beryslav, Kherson, injured three other foreign nationals, governor Oleksandr Prokudin said.

A Ukrainian national was also wounded, according to police.

Prosecutors in the region said Russian forces launched a mass drone attack in the area at 4pm.

Sky News cannot independently verify these reports.

By Sean Bell , military analyst

Although the purported sinking of yet another Russian ship will probably not change the course of the war, it is another example of Ukrainian technological innovation.

The Ukrainians no longer have an established navy, yet they are still able to attack the Russian Black Sea Fleet and force the Russians to hide their military ships.

The Russians use shipping to provide the bulk of the logistics resupply of their forces in Ukraine, so although these Ukrainian attacks are tactically focused, they will cause Russia to reconsider the deployment of its military resources - particularly in and around Crimea.

Ukraine has suffered a difficult winter to date. Last year's much-anticipated spring offensive failed to deliver, and the frontline remains largely static. President Putin's confidence has returned, as western support to Ukraine appears to have faltered.

However, the 27 members of the EU earlier today agreed unanimously to provide a €50bn package of aid for Ukraine. EU President Ursula Von der Leyen described it as a very good day for Europe.

Although financial support will be welcome, what President Zelenskyy needs is military capability. 

Russia has ramped up its defence industrial base to meet its ammunition and weapon needs, and North Korea and Iran are selling a growing selection of military capabilities to Russia.  

The recent announcement that the West will fail to deliver the promised one million artillery shells by March hints at the wider challenge faced if military support for Ukraine is to match or exceed that required.

Regardless, the destruction of yet another Russian Black Sea Fleet ship will undoubtedly lift Ukrainian morale after what has been a very difficult few weeks for President Zelenskyy.

Ukrainian military intelligence has released dramatic footage it says shows sea drones destroying a Russian warship.

The GUR said the Ivanovets missile boat was patrolling the Black Sea near Lake Donuzlav.

Black and white video appears to show a massive explosion taking place before the ship tilts almost 90 degrees and sinks.

Russia has accused the US of planning to station nuclear weapons in the UK as part of an "endless circle of escalation".

Researchers at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) say RAF Lakenheath, an air force base in Suffolk, is being refurbished to store US weapons , but neither the UK nor the US have confirmed reports.

Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov, who is in charge of arms control, said it would not be a deterrent to Russia.

"If they believe that re-introduction of nuclear weapons in the UK is a deterrent to Russia, then they are mistaken," he told Russia Today.

"We urge them to stop... this endless circle of escalation." 

Five NATO countries - Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey - host a total of about 100 US tactical nuclear weapons at six bases, according to the FAS.

In separate comments, Mr Ryabkov said Russia will not deploy nuclear weapons abroad beyond Belarus.

Vladimir Putin said last year Moscow transferred some tactical nuclear weapons to its neighbour, but the FAS said there is no conclusive evidence of this.

"The deployment of tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus was carried out to counter the increasingly aggressive and threatening activities of the North Atlantic Alliance led by the United States," said Mr Ryabkov.

Ukraine has denied claims it allowed a former presidential aide to leave the country despite it being restricted under martial law.

Investigative outlet NGL Media earlier reported that Oleksiy Arestovych - Volodymyr Zelenskyy's spokesman at the start of the war - left Ukraine in September 2023 and has not returned since. 

Under martial law, Ukrainian men aged 18 to 60 require special permission to leave the country.

Ukraine's military intelligence agency has denied the claims in a post to its Telegram channel , saying it "did not provide the specified person with any letters or any other documents for going abroad".

Mr Arestovych resigned from his role as advisor to the Ukrainian president's office last year after claiming a hit on a residential building in Dnipro which killed dozens was likely from debris from a Russian missile after it was shot down by Ukrainian air defences.

Earlier this month he suggested he could challenge Mr Zelenskyy at the next Ukrainian presidential election.

A strong and united stance from 26 of the EU's 27 leaders on further support for Kyiv was crucial in helping persuade Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to agreeing to the deal, Poland's leader has said.

Donald Tusk said leaders had been "working... towards a clear position".

Providing further details, he said: "We want to support Ukraine in its war effort against Russia, there will be 27 of us, the entire community, and no one will pay anyone any reward for it."

"No one will look for rotten compromises," he added.

Hungary earlier set out why it had reversed its veto on the €50bn deal, including that it had been assured a mechanism would be put in place to guarantee reasonable use of the money (see 14.34 post).

"Most" EU countries aren't doing enough to support Ukraine as it fights the war with Russia, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said.

Speaking to reporters after the EU summit today, he said: "In many capitals the question has to be asked: are we actually doing enough? 

"The answer in most cases can only be no," he said.

Mr Scholz said Germany, Europe's biggest supporter of Ukraine in terms of military aid, cannot provide the aid alone. 

The president of the European Council of leaders has said the approval of €50bn in aid for Ukraine is "also a signal to the American taxpayer".

A vital package of US military support for Kyiv has been held up in Congress for months, with Republicans tying the issue to their demands for stronger border enforcement controls.

Charles Michel said the EU's unanimous decision today marks a moment of "unity", and suggested it could send a good signal to the US to get more cash for Ukraine over the line.

"I'm convinced that this decision is also a signal to the American taxpayers, a demonstration that the EU assumes its responsibility and we know that we must show our leadership, must show that we are reliable and credible," he said in a joint news conference with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz made a similar comment as he revealed his hope that it would make US President Joe Biden's efforts easier.

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Budget 2024: Five changes in income tax rules that the middle class seeks from FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Budget 2024: the middle class is eagerly awaiting some income tax reforms that would enable them to curtail their tax outgo.

Budget 2024: The middle class is expecting that there will be a rise in some tax exemption limits available under various sections like Section 80C, and Section 80D.

Budget 2024: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Interim Budget 2024 tomorrow, 1 February. The upcoming budget will be an ‘interim’ one as the government faces a general election this year, in April-May. The full budget will be presented in July by the incoming government, whether a re-elected or new one. The middle class is eagerly awaiting some income tax reforms that would enable them to curtail their tax outgo. The middle class is expecting that there will be a rise in some tax exemption limits available under various sections like, Section 80C, and Section 80D. 

1)Rebate in the Income Tax slabs

The middle class is expecting a rejig in the income tax exemption limit from ₹ 2.5 lakh to ₹ 5 lakh. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while presenting Budget 2023 on 1 February 2023, tweaked the slab rates for individuals opting for the new income tax regime.

-No tax would be levied for income up to ₹ 3 lakh

-Income between ₹ 3-6 lakh would be taxed at 5 per cent

-Income between ₹ 6-9 lakh would be taxed at 10 per cent

-Income between ₹ 9-12 lakh at 15 per cent

-Income between ₹ 12-15 lakh at 20 per cent

-Income of ₹ 15 lakh and above will be taxed at 30 per cent.

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2) raise in section 80c limit.

The current limit of ₹ 1.5 lakh for investment deductions under Section 80C, which has not been updated in over a decade, should be increased to allow for greater tax savings and increased investments. “The earlier limit of ₹ 1 lakh was fixed way back in 2003. It has been almost 18 years since the original limit of ₹ 1 lakh was fixed. It has only been increased by 50% in 2014 which works out to just less than 3% annually. This annual average increase is not even on par with average inflation during the same period. In my opinion, this should be directly raised minimum to ₹ 2.50 lakh," said Mumbai-based tax and investment expert Balwant Jain

3) Raise in standard deduction

The Finance Act 2018 introduced a Standard Deduction from salary of ₹ 40,000 which was increased to ₹ 50,000 in 2019.  Now, in the wake of rising costs of medical expenses and fuel, there is a strong case for increasing the standard deduction limit from ₹ 50,000 to ₹ 1 lakh.

4) Relief for homebuyers

As per present provisions of Section 80 C of the Income Tax Act, you are allowed to claim a deduction of up to ₹ 1.5 lakh from your taxable income, for the repayment of the principal amount of a housing loan taken for a residential house. This deduction is available along with other eligible items of expenditure, such as life insurance premiums, tuition fees, contributions to Provident Fund and Public Provident Fund and EPF, investments in ELSS, National Saving Certificates, tax saving bank FDs, etc.

“Given the overcrowding of Section 80 C, 80CCC, and 80CCD(1) and the need for larger home loans, the finance minister should provide a separate deduction for repayment of home loans, in the ensuing budget. A leaf can be taken from Section 80EEA, under which a separate deduction was introduced in 2019, for interest on home loans for first-time home buyers," said Balwant Jain.

5) Increase in 80D deduction limit

According to Archit Gupta, Founder, and CEO, of ClearTax, the deduction limit under Section 80D for medical insurance premiums should be increased from ₹ 25,000 to ₹ 50,000 for individuals and ₹ 50,000 to ₹ 75,000 for senior citizens, reflecting rising healthcare costs. Extending Section 80D benefits to the new tax regime would promote equitable access to healthcare.

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